Mauri calm over match-fixing allegations

The Lazio skipper declares himself unworried about claims of unethical behaviour as he insists that he has done nothing wrong while the club also show their support
Lazio captain Stefano Mauri is confident of being cleared of match-fixing charges as he says that he has not broken any rules.

Mauri and seven other players are under investigation by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) for alleged sporting fraud relating to two matches against Genoa and Lecce at the end of the 2010-11 Serie A season.

With the trial expected to go ahead on July 24, the 33-year-old insists that he did nothing wrong.

"I'll see what happens in the process but I am calm," he told reporters. " know how things went; I know I never went beyond the rules."

Lazio, Genoa and Lecce could all face points deductions while players involved could receive hefty bans if found guilty of the charges but the Biancocelesti have lent their backing to Mauri.

The club released a statement saying: "Lazio have taken note of the referral given by the Disciplinary Committee, referring to the Lazio v Genoa and Lecce v Lazio games dating back to 2010-11.

"We reiterate our confidence [in Mauri] and have always claimed innocence in both a disciplinary and criminal case.

"We assume that this case will be able to prove Stafano Mauri's innocence against these alleged facts and will eliminate suspicion."

The other players being investigated are Massimiliano Benassi, Mario Cassano, Stefano Ferrario, Carlo Gervasoni, Omar Milanetto, Antonio Rosati and Alessandro Zamperini.