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Totonero 1980

This article is about the 1980 scandal. For the 1986 scandal, see Totonero 1986.

Totonero 1980 or Totonero was a scandal of match fixing in Italy in 1980 in Italian Serie A and Serie B. It was uncovered on 23 March 1980 by the Guardia di Finanza, after the spalling of two Roman shopkeepers, Alvaro Trinca and Massimo Cruciani, who declared that some Italian football players sold the football-matches for money.

The principal protagonists in this scandal were Milan, Lazio, Perugia, Bologna, Avellino (Serie A), Taranto and Palermo (Serie B). Notably, Paolo Rossi was suspended for three years (reduced to two on appeal), and upon his return helped Italy in their successful 1982 FIFA World Cup campaign.[1]

Club punishments

  • Milan (Serie A); relegated to Serie B.[2]
  • Lazio (Serie A); relegated to Serie B (10 millions in original punishment).[2]
  • Avellino (Serie A); -5 in Serie A 1980-81.
  • Bologna (Serie A); -5 in Serie A 1980-81.
  • Perugia (Serie A); -5 in Serie A 1980-81.
  • Palermo (Serie B); -5 in Serie B 1980-81 (absolt in original punishment).
  • Taranto (Serie B); -5 in Serie B 1980-81 (absolt in original punishment).