Italians are reinforcing stereotypes today by being too clever by half. Is anyone surprised at the reduced sentences given to match-fixing teams today?
Lazio and Fiorentina were restored to Serie A, and AC Milan’s punishment was reduced from 15 Serie A points to 8–enough for it to still qualify for Champions League play without much difficulty. Juventus were left in Serie B with only a 17 point penalty, reduced from 30. Now, instead of facing possible relegation to Serie C, Juventus will easily be back in Serie A in 1-2 years.
This reduces what was already a light punishment to a slap on the wrist. Now that the World Cup is over and the spotlight is off Italian soccer, only leave the veneer of punishment.
This falls far short of the punishment of the Black Sox:
Regardless of the verdict of the juries, no player who throws a ball game, no player who undertakes or promises to throw a ball game, no player who sits in confidence with a bunch of crooked players and does not promptly tell his club about it, will ever play professional baseball.