Fear for he Fiorentina: Anxious fans await sports trail verdict

Fear for he Fiorentina: Anxious fans await sports trail verdict

As the nation gathers around maxi-screens in piazzas and parks all over the country, local soccer fans continue to wait with baited breath even after the national matches are over. While Italy is out rooting for the national Blue team, Florentines are busy worrying about their own local colour.

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Thu 29 Jun 2006 12:00 AM

As the nation gathers around maxi-screens in piazzas and parks all over the country, local soccer fans continue to wait with baited breath even after the national matches are over. While Italy is out rooting for the national Blue team, Florentines are busy worrying about their own local colour. Recent scandals in the football world have made the Violet teams future uncertain. Last week, federal prosecutor Palazzi disqualified the Fiorentina in accordance with an official document issued by the FICG (Italian Football Game Federation) Commissioner, Giudo Rossi. Rossi confirmed that 30 parties have been found guilty of violating Articles 1 and 6 of the Code of Sports Justice. Juventus, Lazio, and Milan have been mentioned for similar violations. Infringement of Article 1 refers to fairness within the match, and sanctions range from penalty points to trophy revocation. Breaching Article 6 is considered more serious as the law refers to illegal activities in sports. In addition to penalties, infringement includes demotion to lowest ranking position or to a lower class series. The Violet football club is being accused of unfair play in five games: Lazio-Fiorentina, Bologna-Fiorentina, Chievo-Fiorentina, Fiorentina-Atalanta, and Lecce-Parma. Prosecutor Palazzi also disquali-fied Diego and Andrea della Valle and delegate administrator of the Fiorentina, Sandro Mencucci. Fans fear their team may be forced down to Series B. The verdict will be issued as the result of a month-long sports trial, scheduled to end on July 20.

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