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Posted by SEMARANG HITAM PUTIH on 20.11
Bonucci faces ban, Lecce demoted
Leonardo Bonucci could face a ban of three years and six months, Simone Pepe a year, Bologna -2 points and Lecce demoted to Lega Pro as the betting trial continues.

The trial into the betting scandal continued today with prosecutor Stefano Palazzi stating his case and suggesting sentences for those who opted not to take plea bargains.

Bologna could be docked two points for the new season and fined €50,000, while Lecce would be demoted to Lega Pro with a six-point penalty.

Udinese would receive a €50,000 fine because their players were thought to be involved in match-fixing.

The big news is that Juventus defender Bonucci – dragged into the trial due to his time at Bari – could be suspended for three years and six months.

His Juventus teammate Pepe, whose charges date back to his Udinese career, would be banned for a year.

Marco Di Vaio also risks a year on the sidelines, while the other requested bans are Nicola Belmonte (four years), Simone Bentivoglio (three years and six months), Stefano Guberti (three years), Salvatore Masiello (three years and six months), Padelli (three years), Daniele Portanova (three years) and Vives (three years and six months).

Lecce are accused of knowing there was a potential fix in their games, so President Rico Semeraro – who has since sold the club – would be banned for five years.

Dzeko alerts Juve and Milan

Comments emanating from Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko that he is unhappy in England have put Milan and Juventus on alert.

Both Serie A sides are in the market for a striker this summer and both have been linked with the Bosnian forward.

The Rossoneri have been paired with the forward as an alternative option to Carlos Tevez, whilst the Bianconeri have been rumoured to have been ‘promised’ the player, if City sign Robin Van Persie.

The duo will be on high alert now, after the player gave an interview to German magazine Kicker, in which he made clear that he could leave Manchester this summer.

“In the second part of the season I was slightly sidelined,” Dzeko reflected.

“And I have no idea why I lost this continuity. I came here to play, so I never considered this problem.

“I’m think I am too good to spend another season on the bench, so anything is possible for my future, despite the words of [manager Roberto] Mancini.

“However, there is nothing concrete just yet.”

Dzeko started just 16 games in the Premier League during the 2011-12 campaign, making a further 14 appearances from the bench, scoring 14 goals in total.

Juve give Melo to Galatasaray

Felipe Melo has announced that he is returning to Galatasaray this summer, claiming that the club have reached an agreement with Juventus for his transfer.

The Brazilian midfielder spent last season on loan at the Turkish outfit and has been keen to remain, but negotiations between them and his owners Juve reportedly broke down late last month.

However, they look to have quickly recovered and according to the player himself, have succeeded in reaching an agreement for his permanent transfer.

“I am happy that we have finally reached a conclusive agreement,” the midfielder told reporters today.

“I hope that the deal between the clubs can be concluded as soon as possible because I really want to be available this Saturday for the derby with Fenerbahce.”

Meanwhile, his agency that negotiated on his behalf in the deal also released a brief statement on the deal.

“Felipe wants to communicate his happiness at having reached a definitive agreement with Galatasaray so as to continue his adventure with the club.”

Galatasaray originally had an option to purchase the player at the end of last season’s loan for a fee of €13m, but are pushing Juve in the closing stages of this deal for a much-reduced outlay. It is understood that a meeting between the Turks’ €5m offer and Juve’s adjusted €8m valuation will be enough to close the deal.

Meanwhile, the player has also reportedly agreed to a pay-cut to make the move, coming down from the €3.5m rate he received from the club in 2011-12 to a €2.5m salary instead.

Pogba completes Juventus move
Paul Pogba has officially completed a move to Juventus. The French midfielder has signed a four-year contract, keeping him with the club until 2016.

The 19-year-old has already spent a few days training alongside his new team-mates and pulled on the black and white stripes for the first time in Wednesday’s friendly against Benfica.

Pogba, a rising star

Paul Pogba, one of the brightest prospects of world football, combines devastating natural talent with a powerful physique.

Born in the suburbs of Paris on 15 March 1993, Pogba began playing football at the age of six before joining the notable Le Havre youth academy in 2007. His performances as captain of the under-16 side earned him international recognition and caught the eyes of scouts from across the globe.

Manchester United won the race for his signature, with the creative midfielder slotting straight into the club’s youth system after completing a move in 2009.

Following two years of steady progression at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson promoted Pogba to the first-team squad, handing him his professional debut in the League Cup against Leeds in September 2011.

Further substitute appearances in Premiership fixtures against Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion followed, while he also figured in the Europa League, appearing against Athletic Bilbao in the last-sixteen stage.

Possessing exceptional vision and an eye for goal, Pogba’s talents will significantly enrich the plethora of midfield options available to Antonio Conte.
Krasic sends a farewell message to the fans:"My transfer has been completed, I greet all Juve fans that stood by me are always in my heart. I will never forget the hatrick against Caligari, nor the goal against Lazio in the last minute, and all your chants for me Juve no matter what will stay in my heart, it was my childhood dream. I'm leaving not because I have a problem with my teammates or the board, I left now because the coach had other needs and preferred other players on and now I'm in my new team and happy to encourage my colleagues Bonucci and Pepe and Mr. Conte and I'm sure that will the best will turn out from the worst. I will always support Juventus, good bye, Forza Juve, good bye all Juventus fans.."