Lazio boss' Serie A ban reduced on appeal

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SS Lazio President Claudio Lotito speaks during the press conference as SS Lazio Women unveil Carolina Morace as new team coach at the Olimpico stadium on February 2, 2021 in Rome, Italy.

Lazio president Claudio Lotito's ban for COVID-19 protocol violations has been reduced to two months by the federal appeal court.

The Serie A club's owner was appealing against a 12-month ban handed to him by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) appeal court in April.

A FIGC statement said that the latest hearing resulted in a two-month ban for Lotito, five-month bans for Lazio doctors Ivo Pulcini and Fabio Rodia, and a 50,000 euro fine for the club.

The punishment comes after a FIGC investigation opened in November 2020 over potential violations of protocols regarding COVID-19 testing.

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SS Lazio President Claudio Lotito speaks during the press conference as SS Lazio Women unveil Carolina Morace as new team coach at the Olimpico stadium on February 2, 2021 in Rome, Italy.

The FIGC charged Lazio with violations including failing to promptly report positive cases to local health authorities, failing to stop three players from attending a training session after receiving positive tests, and twice failing to enforce a mandatory 10-day isolation period on an asymptomatic player, who subsequently featured in a Serie A match.

Lazio denied wrongdoing and said "we trust in sporting justice", beginning a protracted series of hearings.

Lotito was originally banned for seven months by a national federal court in March, but the punishment was increased to 12 months in April.

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