Napoli wins appeal against match fixing
Naples, Italy (Sports Network) - Napoli has been successful in its appeal against a two-point penalty imposed on the club last month in relation to match fixing.
The Italian FA's Disciplinary Commission had originally fined the club $90,000 and docked them two points, while both captain Paolo Cannavaro and defender Gianluca Grava received six-month suspensions for failing to report an attempted fix.
Goalkeeper Matteo Gianello was the focus of the investigation after he claimed that he suggested to both Cannavaro and Grava that they should take part in a fix of Napoli's match with Sampdoria in May 2010.
However, Gianello's original testimony has been found to be inconsistent, meaning that Napoli's two-point deduction has been overturned and that both Cannavaro and Grava and will be available to play immediately.
Napoli now trails Serie A leaders Juventus by three points, and the club's fine has been reduced to $65,000.