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Members of Top Italian Football Teams Ordered to Stand Trial


Several members of four top Italian football teams have been ordered to stand trial in a sports court on charges stemming from the largest football scandal in the country's history.

At least 26 people from Juventus, AC Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina will face allegations of match-fixing, illegal betting and manipulation of referee assignments. The trial begins next week at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. No players are involved.

Juventus has been investigated for sporting fraud on allegations that it tried to manipulate the Serie A by handpicking referees. Juventus won the first division title for the last two seasons. But those titles could be stripped along with possible relegation as far down as the third division. The other teams face lesser demotions.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.
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