Lazio owner Lotito’s ban reduced to two months after appeal

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ROME, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Lazio president Claudio Lotito’s ban for COVID-19 protocol violations was reduced to two months by the federal appeal court docket on Tuesday.

The Serie A membership’s owner was interesting in opposition to a 12-month ban handed to him by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) appeal court docket in April.

A FIGC assertion stated that the most recent listening to resulted in a two-month ban for Lotito, five-month bans for Lazio medical doctors Ivo Pulcini and Fabio Rodia, and a 50,000 euro ($58,230) high quality for the membership.

The punishment comes after a FIGC investigation opened in November 2020 over potential violations of protocols concerning COVID-19 testing.

The FIGC charged Lazio with violations together with failing to promptly report optimistic instances to native well being authorities, failing to cease three gamers from attending a coaching session after receiving optimistic exams, and twice failing to implement a compulsory 10-day isolation interval on an asymptomatic participant, who subsequently featured in a Serie A match.

Lazio denied wrongdoing and stated “we trust in sporting justice”, starting a protracted collection of hearings.

Lotito was initially banned for seven months by a nationwide federal court docket in March, however the punishment was elevated to 12 months in April.

($1 = 0.8587 euros)

Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie
Editing by Christian Radnedge

FILE PHOTO-Soccer Football - Serie A - Serie A hold an emergency meeting on coronavirus - Coni Palace, Rome, Italy - March 4, 2020   Lazio president Claudio Lotito outside Coni Palace before the meeting   REUTERS/Alberto Lingria