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Italian club Nocerina relegated for faking injuries

Updated: Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 11:36 | Comments

Italian club relegated for faking injuries

Italian side Nocerina have been excluded from the country's third-tier and relegated to a minor league for bringing the game into disrepute.

Last November’s local derby between Nocerina and Salernitana - dubbed "the derby of shame" - was abandoned after 21 minutes when five Nocerina players, who had received death threats from their fans to boycott the match, faked injuries.

The fans in question had been banned from attending the game because of security concerns.

An investigation was opened by the football authorities and the Federal Council of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), who today announced: "Nocerina will be excluded from their current league and placed in an inferior competition for illicit sport.

"Nocerina have been fined €10,000.

"The sentence will be carried out immediately and the Lega Pro and other interested parties will be notified this morning.

"Three Nocerina club executives have been banned for three years and six months while seven club members, coaches and players, have received bans ranging from one year up to three years and six months.

"Six players have been cleared of wrongdoing."

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