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Lengthy ban for Luciano

Published: Wednesday 9 October 2002, 21.56CET
AC Chievo Verona's Luciano Siqueira has been suspended for seven months and fined €150,000. features

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Published: Wednesday 9 October 2002, 21.56CET

Lengthy ban for Luciano

AC Chievo Verona's Luciano Siqueira has been suspended for seven months and fined €150,000.

The Italian Football League's disciplinary commission has suspended AC Chievo Verona's Brazilian winger Luciano Siqueira for seven months and fined him €150,000 after he admitted to playing under an assumed identity - Eriberto.

Suspended indefinitely
Luciano, who had already been suspended indefinitely by FIFA, the world game's governing body, pending the hearing, was relieved that the ordeal was over, especially as a federal prosecutor for the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) had proposed a two-year suspension from professional football.

'Happy it's finished'
"I'm really happy that everything is finished, especially for my wife," said the speedy wide man, who in August revealed that he was in fact four years older than his registered birth date of 21 January 1979. "I explained everything that happened and I think they understand the motives that led me to changing my identity. I don't want to think about this story anymore - I just want to concentrate on my return."

Fine for clubs
Luciano changed his identity as a youngster at SE Palmeiras in his homeland, the club he left for Bologna FC on loan two seasons ago. After his move to Chievo he established himself as a favourite in Verona, putting in a number of impressive displays as Chievo finished fifth in their first season in Serie A to qualify for this season's UEFA Cup. Bologna and Chievo have each been fined €75,000 for indirect responsibility in Luciano's deception.

Last updated: 09/10/02 22.26CET

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