Football: Napoli's 2-point penalty rescinded on appeal

ROME (AP) - Italy's football federation has rescinded a two-point penalty given to Napoli for match-fixing and lifted bans imposed on captain Paolo Cannavaro and defender Gianluca Grava.

Following an appeal, the federation's internal court overturned the punishments handed out by its disciplinary commission.

Napoli was penalised in December after its former goalkeeper, Matteo Gianello, confessed to attempting to fix the result of a game in May, 2010.

Cannavaro and Grava were each banned for six months for failing to report the fix.

As a result of Thursday's ruling, Napoli moved level in the standings with second-place Lazio on 42 points, three behind leader and defending champion Juventus.

It boosts Napoli's chances of winning the Serie A for the first time since Diego Maradona led the team to titles in 1987 and 1990.