Serie A defender receives 18-month ban from football

Match-fixing ban

Genoa’s Armando Izzo has received an 18-month ban from football.

The central defender was suspended as punishment for a match-fixing incident while at Serie B side Avellino in the 2013-14 season.

Izzo, now 25, allegedly failed to report his involvement in the scandal in matches against Modena and Reggina.

Genoa are currently in 16th the Serie A table, nine points above the relegation zone with seven matches remaining.

The ban is likely to spell the end of Izzo’s international career before it even began. Izzo was called up to the Italian national team in November 2016 for matches against Liechtenstein and Germany, but failed to make an appearance.

Points deduction

Izzo’s former club Avellino will now receive a 3-point deduction as a result of the incidents.

Fabio Pisacane of Cagliari was acquitted as part of the trial.

It’s unclear whether or not Izzo will appeal the decision.