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3 Italian teams face match-fixing trial

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ROME (AP)

The Italian soccer federation says Lazio, Genoa and Lecce and eight players, including Lazio captain Stefan Mauri, face charges related to match-fixing.

The federation says they include rigging games and failing to report fixing for two Serie A matches - Lazio-Genoa and Lecce-Lazio in May 2011.

Mauri faces a charge of sporting fraud, as do Mario Cassano, Carlo Gervasoni, Omar Milanetto, Alessandro Zamperini, Massimiliano Benassi, Antonio Rosati and Stefano Ferrario.

Mauri and Zamperini have also been cited for violating two articles of the Code of Sports Justice. That is concerned with the principles of loyalty, fairness and integrity, and prohibition of betting.

If the charges are proved, the players face bans while the clubs could be deducted points.

Last week, Serie B club Bari plea-bargained for a one-point penalty for match-fixing.

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