Lazio chief in 'fix' row

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Lazio coach Delio Rossi has been charged with attempting to influence the performance of another team.

Rossi charged in fresh Italian fixing scandal

Lazio coach Delio Rossi has been charged with attempting to influence the performance of another team, the Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) has confirmed. The charge relates to an allegation that Rossi asked Lazio president Claudio Lotito to contact Lecce officials and discuss tactics ahead of the clash between the two sides, which took place in April 2006. The FIGC has confirmed Rossi's pleas were not successful but Lazio, as the responsible club, have also been charged. "The coach Delio Rossi, has been charged with trying to ask, without success, the Lazio president Lotito to start talks with Lecce directors in a bid to affect the technical performance of the squad ahead of a match on April 30, 2006," a statement on the FIGC website confirmed. A disciplinary commission will now meet to decide whether Rossi is guilty and if a punishment is deserved. This latest scandal is likely to rock Italian football to its core, given the adverse publicity attracted by similar cases in the past few years.

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