Friday, September 15, 2006

CONI arbitration dates set

Juventus, Milan and Lazio are scheduled to appear in front of the Italian Olympic Committee's (CONI) Arbitration Court on Wednesday 11 October, followed by Fiorentina the day after.

The four clubs were punished in the aftermath of the match-fixing scandal and are fighting for a reduction of the sanctions imposed against them – with the Arbitration Court being the last degree in appeal within the sporting justice system.

CONI have confirmed that the hearings will take place at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome and the President of the board of arbitrators will be Pierluigi Ronzani, with the aid of Guido Cecinelli, Marcello Foschini, Luigi Fumagalli and Giulio Napolitano.

Juventus, who were stripped of their last two Serie A titles and demoted to the Second Division with a 17-point deduction, had initially threatened to appeal to the TAR Lazio civil court. The Bianconeri then dropped the option, choosing to remain within sporting justice, in the hope of seeing the point deduction reduced or totally scrapped.

Milan instead began their Serie A season with an eight-point penalty, Fiorentina were docked 19 points and Lazio 11.

Third parties interested in taking part in the debate must present their request to CONI by September 25, confirmed an official statement on the Committee’s official website.


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