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Posted by Sports Snob on July 26, 2006

The appeals court has declared a verdict in the Calcio poli scandal. Lazio and Fiorentina have been reinstated to the serie A. Juve’s appeal was turned down but they have been handed a reduced penalty for their upcoming season in the Serie B. They will need to overcome a deficit of 17 points as opposed to the original penalty of 30 points.

The other big news is the Milan have been handed a reprieve. They will be allowed to participate in the Champions League next year. They will , however, have to come through qualifying stages. They had secured direct qualification to the CL by virtue of their second place in the Serie A but that was before the scandal was brought to light. This rehashed verdict will certainly clear the air for many of their stars who were considering other options at the prospect of not playing in the lucrative Champions League. Now, Milan will work to tie up the contracts of their unsettled stars and also make a few additions to their squad which has been weakened by the departures of Andriy Shevchenko and Rui Costa.
Check out the full story at Soccernet.

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