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banner Friday, 23 March, 2001, 14:58 GMT
Six Italians banned for match-fixing
Atalanta's Sebastiano Siviglia
Siviglia: Handed a one-year ban for match-fixing
Six Italian footballers have been banned for match-fixing following an Italian Cup tie last year.

The Italian Football Federation handed one-year suspensions to Fabio Gallo, Sebastiano Siviglia and Luciano Zauri of Serie A side Atalanta, and Alfredo Aglietti and Massimiliano Allegri of Serie B's Pistoiese.

Former Atalanta player Giacomo Banchelli, who now plays for Empoli, was banned for six months.

The decision follows a cup tie between Atalanta - who were in Serie B last season - and Pistoiese on 20 August.

The match ended 1-1 after Atalanta scored at the end of the first half and Pistoiese equalised three minutes from time.

Suspicion had originally been aroused when the Italian bookmaker SNAI reported very heavy betting on the game, including many bets for a 1-0 scoreline at half time and a full-time score of 1-1.

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