Serie A

Calciopoli referees fined millions

Paolo Bergamo, a former Italian Football Federation (FIGC) official whose job was to assign referees to Serie A
Former Italian Football Federation referee assigner Paolo Bergamo.
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ROME (AP)

ALL-TIME BAD BOYS

Love 'em or hate 'em, these guys make the soccer world go round.

An Italian court has ordered the referees involved in the 2006 match-fixing scandal to pay $5.25 million in damages to the Italian Football Federation.

Referee selector Paolo Bergamo received the heaviest fine of $1.31 million on Wednesday, while colleague Pierluigi Pairetto has to pay $1.05 million.

Former Italian soccer federation vice president Innocenzo Mazzini was fined $918,000, and former referees Massimo De Santis and Tullio Lanese were each fined $656,000.

Nine others were fined smaller amounts. All can appeal.

The scandal - known as Calciopoli - left Juventus stripped of the 2005 and 2006 Serie A titles and relegated to Serie B by a sports court. There were point penalties for several other Serie A teams and long bans for club and referee officials.

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