The trial in the latest calcio betting scandal kicked off today in Italy, with plea bargains aplenty. Torino and Varese were successful in their attempt: il granata will begin the Serie A season a point in the red, while the leopardi will start Serie B in the same manner.
Siena, however, were not so successful in their negotiations with FIGC. Fresh from Serie B last season, the robur managed a respectable 14th place finish. Eager to not find themselves with too steep a mountain to climb in the upcoming season, Siena offered to accept a five-point penalty and pay a €40,000 fine. Unfortunately for the club, the judges decided the proposal was not suitable to the crime -- of individuals connected to the team having knowledge of sporting fraud yet not reporting it -- and turned it down.
The bench also turned down plea bargains from various members of the coaching staffs of Juventus, Siena and Albinoleffe.