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The Italian Football Federation’s prosecutor has called for all four clubs at the centre of the match-fixing scandal to be thrown out of Serie A, with Juventus, the club at the heart of the scandal, to be demoted two divisions to Serie C.

The other three clubs implicated are Milan, Fiorentina and Lazio.

He also asked for points penalties to be imposed and that Juve’s 2005 and 2006 titles be stripped from the club.

Earlier today, Italian Football Federation (FIGC) official Paolo Bergamo resigned. Bergamo is one of two officials under investigation in the allocation of referees.

The trial was initially suspended on Thursday and proceedings were again held up on Monday by another debate over legal procedure.

Thirteen players in the 23-strong Italian World Cup squad, including five from Juve, are from the four accused clubs.

The tribunal has been scheduled to run during the remainder of the tournament in Germany and is expected to deliver its verdicts before the World Cup final on 9 July. This deadline has been imposed to allow the clubs to appeal before the FIGC submits its representatives for European competition.

If they were relegated, Juventus, Milan and Fiorentina would miss the Champions League and Lazio the Uefa Cup.

If they were only docked points next season, they would still be able to compete.

Lawyers representing five Serie B teams, who hope to be promoted if the squads are relegated, also want to give evidence.

Judges delayed the case so the representatives of Bologna, Lecce, Treviso, Brescia and Messina could have time to prepare.

Former Juve chief executive Antonio Giraudo, one of the first to speak at the trial, admitted that irregularities had taken place.

“All kinds of things go on in football: people give Rolexes to referees, people fix the accounts. What I’m saying is that this is an environment in which you have to protect yourself,” he said.

Palazzi asked for Giraudo to be handed a five-year ban plus a 5,000 euro fine for every instance of sporting fraud.

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