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Friday August 3 2012
Bonucci faces ban, Lecce demotion

Leonardo Bonucci could face a ban of three years and six months, Simone Pepe a year, Bologna -2 points and Lecce demoted to Lega Pro as the betting trial continues.

The trial into the betting scandal continued today with prosecutor Stefano Palazzi stating his case and suggesting sentences for those who opted not to take plea bargains.

Bologna could be docked two points for the new season and fined €50,000, while Lecce would be demoted to Lega Pro with a six-point penalty.

Udinese would receive a €50,000 fine because their players were thought to be involved in match-fixing.

The big news is that Juventus defender Bonucci – dragged into the trial due to his time at Bari – could be suspended for three years and six months.

His Juventus teammate Pepe, whose charges date back to his Udinese career, would be banned for a year.

Marco Di Vaio also risks a year on the sidelines, while the other requested bans are Nicola Belmonte (four years), Simone Bentivoglio (three years and six months), Stefano Guberti (three years), Salvatore Masiello (three years and six months), Padelli (three years), Daniele Portanova (three years) and Vives (three years and six months).

Lecce are accused of knowing there was a potential fix in their games, so President Rico Semeraro – who has since sold the club – would be banned for five years.

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