Friday, 3 August 2012

Torino to begin season on -1

Torino will begin the 2012/13 Serie A season with a one point deduction for their role in the betting scandal (Calcio Scommese) that has rocked Italian football in recent months.

Whilst it has been difficult to find out information about why exactly Torino have been given this deduction, it appears their involvement seems to centre around former player Alessandro Pellicori, who looks to have participated in this scandal.

Therefore, on Wednesday afternoon the FIGC accepted a plea bargain from Torino - a one point deduction and €30,000 fine, and whilst this does not count as an admission of guilt, it is likely that the Torino hierarchy accepted this punishment so as not to risk a larger points penalty if it had gone to trial.

It is obviously not ideal for Torino to begin their return to Serie A with a minus points total, but this deduction can easily be wiped out in the first match day, so fingers crossed that will be the case. Two other Serie A teams have also received points penalties, Atalanta (-2) and Siena (-6), so Torino will not begin the season at the bottom of the table.

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