Mauri vows to prove innocence

Lazio captain Stefano Mauri will try to clear his name through the appeal courts after being handed a six-month ban for alleged involvement in match-fixing.

I'm happy that Lazio don't have to start with a points deduction, but this punishment for failing to report seems like an injustice to me.

I will put my trust in the next steps of the justice system to put this ugly experience behind me.

Even in this situation I will fight like a captain... my plan is to be back on the pitch with my team-mates as soon as possible.

Thanks to all the fans who, every day, have shown me their affection and encourage me in an incredible way.

– Lazio captain Stefano Mauri speaking on his own website