Mauri set for appeal court
Stefano Mauri will take his match-fixing case to Italy's appeal court after attempts to contest a ban from Serie A's governing body failed.
The Lazio captain was slapped with a nine-month ban for his part in the Scommessopoli scandal, which has seen almost 50 individuals banned from football already.
While not accused of being directly involved in a fix, Mauri's charge relates to an apparent failure to report a thrown game that officials believe he was aware of.
Mauri was first arrested in May 2012 as part of investigations into match-fixing across Italian football, but has always protested his innocence.
The 33-year-old's initial ban was set at six months, but that was extended to nine on Wednesday after his appeal to the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) was dismissed.
But Mauri is set to take his fight even further to the appeal courts (TNAS), and believes he is only being punished due to his friendship with Former Ternana and Portsmouth defender Alessandro Zamperini, who was given a two-year ban in August.
A statement from the Lazio captain read: "After prison, house arrest, allegations of wrongdoing and a sports betting ban, after two degrees before the sports justice, I pay nine months of disqualification for my friendship with Alessandro Zamperini.
"I trust the TNAS for a quick decision, which finally can afford my return to the field to lead my team-mates and my Lazio."