Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Arezzo appeal to TAR

Arezzo have decided to lodge an appeal to TAR against their six-point Calciopoli penalty.

The Tuscan minnows had been initially handed a nine-point deduction by the Federal Court last summer, then reduced to six after their appeal.

The Serie B side had then appealed to the Italian Olympic Committee’s Court of Arbitration, who however confirmed the handicap for the 2006-07 campaign.

"There is no evidence that any Arezzo official or employee was responsible of wrongdoing," stated a note posted on the club’s website.

"However, we were handed a severe punishment. The club believes that we were the victims of prejudice and have therefore decided to lodge an appeal to the civil court, to protect our own legitimate interests."

All the other clubs involved in the match-fixing scandal had decided not to go down this path, after both the FIGC and the International Federation had threatened to dock even more points if any scandal-hit club decided to go to the civil courts.

"We are confident that we might have a final verdict before the end of the season," confirmed one of Arezzo’s lawyers.