International Soccer - Italy
 
           === Lazio's Mauri faces six-month ban for match fixing ===
 
 Rome,  Italy (Sports Network) - Lazio captain Stefano Mauri has been convicted
 of match fixing and handed a six-month suspension, pending appeal.
 
 Lazio  has  also been  fined $50,000  for its involvement  in fixing two games
 during the 2010-11 season, however the club will not be docked any points.
 
 The two games took place in May 2011 against Genoa and Lecce, with Genoa being
 cleared of all charges while Lecce received a $30,000 fine.
 
 Lazio  has  already requested  a date for  an appeal, which  is expected to be
 heard only two days before the team takes part in the Italian Supercoppa.
 
 The 33-year-old Mauri was initially facing a ban of over four years with Lazio
 expected to be docked six points.
 
 But  both  punishments were reduced when  it was discovered that Mauri was not
 directly  involved in  fixing  the  games, merely  failing  to  report to  the
 authorities that he was aware of the attempt to influence the outcome.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 08/02 12:02:20 ET

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