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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 August 2006, 13:48 GMT 14:48 UK
Juventus continue demotion fight
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Four teams were implicated in the recent scandal
Juventus have continued their campaign for sanctions against them to be reduced by lodging an appeal with the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI).

The Italian football association (FIGC) relegated Juve and gave them a 30-point deduction for their part in the Italian match-fixing scandal.

The points deduction was reduced to 17 on appeal but the club still believe the sanctions are "excessive".

CONI's arbitration court will give its verdict by 25 August.

Recourse to the board, the highest body in Italian sports justice, is mandatory before any appeals to the civil courts.

Fiorentina and Lazio, who have been banned from European competition and given points deductions, are also expected to lodge appeals with the board.

If any club decides to take their fight to the civil courts, it could delay the start of the Italian domestic season, which is due to kick off on 28 August.

AC Milan are the only one of the four clubs charged who will not appeal after their sentence was reduced.

They are set to find out on Wednesday if they can participate in this season's Champions League.

As well as relegation, Juve have also been stripped of their 2005/06 Serie A title, with Inter Milan assigned champions instead.

The title is Inter's first since 1989 and was awarded to them after a three-man panel of Gerhard Aigner, Massimo Coccia and Roberto Pardolesi - working on behalf of the Italian Football Federation - agreed to assign the 2005/06 title.



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