Napoli's 2-point penalty rescinded on appeal
ROME (AP) — Italy's football federation has rescinded a two-point penalty given to Napoli for match-fixing and lifted bans imposed on captain Paolo Cannavaro and defender Gianluca Grava.
Following an appeal, the federation's internal court decided on Thursday to overturn the punishments handed out by its disciplinary commission.
Napoli was penalized in December after its former goalkeeper, Matteo Gianello, confessed to attempting to fix the result of a game between Sampdoria and Napoli in May, 2010.
Cannavaro — the younger brother of former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro — and Grava were each banned for six months for failing to report the fix.
"It's an immense joy, I'm still crying from all the emotion," Cannavaro said. "It's been a terrible month, it's been hell. Now it's freedom ... I want to thank the club, for everything it did, the coach and my teammates who comforted me every day."
As a result of Thursday's ruling, Napoli moved level in the standings with second-place Lazio on 42 points, three behind leader and defending champion Juventus.
"It was a sensational victory, a really important result," Napoli's lawyer Mattia Grassani said. "But most of all, justice has been done and what was unjustly taken has been given back to Napoli and its fantastic fans.
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