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Italian match-fixing hearing ends

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ROME (AP)

The two-day match-fixing hearing involving Lazio captain Stefan Mauri and seven other players, as well as three Italian clubs, has ended.

The Italian football federation's disciplinary committee will now examine the evidence and is expected to pass sentence midway through next week.

Prosecutor Stefano Palazzi has asked for Mauri to be suspended for 4 1/2 years. He has requested a six-point deduction for Lazio and three-point penalty for both Genoa and Lecce.

Mauri is one of eight players accused of rigging games and failing to report match-fixing for two Serie A games - Lazio vs. Genoa and Lecce vs. Lazio in May 2011.

Around 40 Lazio fans held a sit-in protest on Thursday morning, in front of the Rome hotel where the hearing was taking place.

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