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Italian Football: Lazio Appeals Punishment


Italian football team Lazio has appealed its punishment in the country's match-fixing scandal to the arbitration court of Italy's Olympic Committee.

A spokesman for the committee announced the appeal Wednesday, one day after it was lodged by Lazio president Claudio Lotito.

In a ruling by a sports appeals tribunal last month, Lazio was banned from European club competition and docked 11 points in this season's Serie-A championship. Lotito was barred from soccer for two-and-one-half years. A ruling is expected by August 25th.

Juventus appealed its punishment last week, after the team was stripped of its last two Serie-A titles and demoted to Serie-B with a 17-point penalty. AC Milan and Fiorentina, the two other clubs sanctioned in match-fixing scandal, are considering appeals.

Juventus, Lazio and Fiorentina have also threatened to go to Italy's civil courts if their appeals are unsuccessful.

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