ROME (AP) — The match-fixing trial of Lazio captain Stefan Mauri, and seven other players, as well as three Italian clubs started Wednesday.
The charges against Mauri, Mario Cassano, Carlo Gervasoni, Omar Milanetto, Alessandro Zamperini, Massimiliano Benassi, Antonio Rosati and Stefano Ferrario include rigging games and failing to report match-fixing for two Serie A games — Lazio vs. Genoa and Lecce vs. Lazio in May 2011.
Lazio, Genoa and Lecce have been charged with 'objective responsibility' as the players' clubs. If found guilty, they could be deducted points.
Mauri, along with Zamperini, could face a five-year ban as both have also been cited for violating two articles of the Code of Sports Justice. They cover the principles of loyalty, fairness and integrity, and a ban on betting.
The trial continues into Thursday.