Lazio and Fiorentina to stay in Serie A

An Italian soccer court granted relief to Lazio and Viola fans by allowing them to Serie A insteading of demoting them to Serie B for their role in the match fixing scandal that rocked Italian soccer before the World Cup.

However there was no such reprieve for “The Old Lady of Turin” and Juventus will play in Serie B this season .They will start on minus 17 though ,instead of the original minus 30

AC Milan will remain in the Serie A with a smaller amount of points deducted,minus 8 instead of minus 15.The Rossoneri were punished with a 30 points deduction from their last season tally,instead of 44,which makes them eligible to play the qualifying stages of the Champions League.

Lazio and Fiorentina will start with minus 11 and minus 19 respectively in the new season.Fiorentina will have to play 3 games at neutral venues while Lazio have to do the same for 2,and both the clubs were fined 120,000 euros.

This verdict is bad news for Lecce and Treviso ,who will now go down into Serie B.

This means that Italy’s automatic qualifiers for the Champions League are Inter Milan and Roma, and Milan and Chievo will have to play the third qualifying stage.Palermo,Parma and Livorno will represent the World Cup champions in the UEFA Cup.

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