Serie A: Harsher penalties for Lazio and Boss Lotito for hiding test results

In the affair of the supposedly hushed up corona test results of star striker Ciro Immobile, Lazio Rome and its owner Claudio Lotito have been sentenced to tougher sentences in the second instance. The appellate court of the Italian football federation FIGC increased the suspension for Lotito from seven to twelve months.

Lazio now has to pay 200,000 instead of 150,000 euros. Two doctors involved in the case were also banned from playing football for one year. In doing so, the court followed the demands of the sports federation’s public prosecutor’s office.

The ex-Dortmund real estate tested positive for the corona virus at the end of October and the beginning of November. In between, however, there were also negative test results – issued by a laboratory commissioned by Lazio. Immobile ran despite all the ambiguities in the league for the Romans. The focus of the investigation was the question of whether Lotito had instigated a friend who was the boss of a laboratory in Avellino to cover up positive results.

At least Lazio did not receive any further sanctions that would affect the sporting performance. Harsh penalties such as deducting points or even being relegated to Serie B would have been possible.

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