Chievo to stay in Serie A after case thrown out

ROME (AP) Chievo Verona will keep its Serie A status after a case against the Italian club was thrown out because of a legal technicality.

Chievo risked being deducted points from last season and relegated following allegations it deliberately inflated the figures of transfer dealings with Cesena.

However, the Italian football federation announced Wednesday that the case is ”inadmissible” as Chievo president Luca Campedelli should have been talked to by investigators before the hearing, when he made a request, but was never called up.

Chievo finished 13th last season, five points above 18th-place Crotone, which was the last club to be relegated. Crotone, which has already said it will pursue the matter until the end, could appeal but it’s unlikely it would be resolved before the start of the new season.

Cesena, which was in Serie B last season, was docked 15 points from the upcoming campaign but it has gone bankrupt and is not registered to play in any league.