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NAPLES --- Napoli got back to
winning ways in style as Dries
Mertens scored a hat trick to help
the southern side to a 6-0 vic-
tory over Bologna in Serie A yes-
It was Napoli's biggest home
victory in Serie A since 1987.
Napoli's title hopes had faded
after two defeats in its previous
three matches left it nine points
behind Juventus with five rounds
remaining, but it was desperate
for a victory to hold onto second
spot, with Roma five points
behind after the weekend.
Roma hosts Torino today before
the two sides meet in Rome next
Monday. Napoli star striker Gon-
zalo Higuain will be back for that
encounter after sitting out the
last of his three-match ban.
Napoli got off to the perfect
start as Mertens' through ball set
up Manolo Gabbiadini for the
opener in the 10th minute.
Gabbiadini doubled his tally 10
minutes from halftime before
Mertens' second-half hat-trick.
Substitute David Lopez added a
sixth late on.
Bologna is seven points above
the relegation zone, ahead of the
rest of the midweek fixtures.
"We lost 6-0, we gave a bad
impression of ourselves and I'm
the first one who's responsible,"
Bologna coach Roberto Donadoni
said. "We were dominated by
Napoli in every sense and from
the very first ball we showed that
we were playing with too much
fear and nervousness. We need
to put this defeat behind us and
act like men.
"Matches may be lost, but they
have to be played. From a personal
point of view, I'm struggling to
accept this defeat. What I said in
the dressing room will remain
"Now we have to think about
the next match which will be
decisive. There are still four
matches left and we have to still
get points ... We have to have a
different mental attitude." (AP)
Napoli scores biggest
league win in 29 years US releases
3 guilty plea
US judge released the transcripts
from three prominent defendants in
which they expressed regret and sug-
gested that bribery in the organisation
A US judge released transcripts on
Monday of guilty pleas from three
prominent defendants in the sweeping
Fifa corruption investigation in which
they expressed regret and suggested
that bribery in the organisation was
Former Fifa vice-president Jeffrey
Webb, Argentinian-Italian marketing
executive Alejandro Burzaco and Brazil-
ian intermediary José Margulies pleaded
guilty last year to racketeering, wire
fraud and money laundering conspir-
US prosecutors have in total accused
40 officials and marketing executives
of soliciting and receiving tens of mil-
lions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks
in a case that has sparked an unprece-
dented crisis at Fifa.
In the transcripts released on Mon-
day, the three men said they regretted
their actions and suggested that bribes
were standard practice. All three, who
are confined to US house arrest, will
be sentenced for corruption in New
York in June.
"I abused my position to obtain
bribes and kickbacks for my personal
benefit," Webb, who suffers from a
heart condition, told the judge in plead-
ing guilty to seven counts and confess-
ing to enriching himself from 2012 to
He said he was told in 2012 that
sports marketing companies would offer
"side payments" or bribes in exchange
for commercial rights to football match-
"I believed that such offers were
common in this business," he told the
He confessed to receiving bribes for
the sale of commercial rights for 2018
and 2022 World Cup qualifying match-
es, and in 2012, 2013 and 2014, includ-
ing for the Copa America Centenario
tournament, which will be held in June.
"I deeply regret my participation in
this illegal conduct," said the dual Cay-
man Islands-British citizen, who was
educated in the United States.
He confessed to conspiring to defraud
his employers and conspiracy to commit
money laundering offenses by trans-
mitting money from the United States
to front accounts in Panama, the Cay-
man Islands and elsewhere.
After his confession, the court last
November lifted his security detail and
allowed him to leave his Georgia home
ostensibly to care for his then 18-
His wife is a doctor in Atlanta, mak-
ing Webb "solely responsible" for their
child, the court heard. "He is a busy
man," Judge Raymond Dearie said.
His freedom of movement was lim-
ited to a 20-mile (32km) radius, and
Webb was still subject to electronic
The documents, released following
a request from US media, were still
heavily redacted in parts.
Burzaco, 51, the former chairman of
the board of Torneos y Competencias
SA, an Argentinian sports marketing
company, also voiced regret.
"I was wrong," he said, confessing
to paying bribes and kickbacks totaling
tens of millions of dollars to multiple
football officials to obtain marketing
rights to various tournaments.
"Torneos and I profited from these
payments directly and indirectly by
securing these rights," he said.
Court papers complained last month
that Webb kept up a millionaire's
lifestyle quaffing champagne, gambling
and partying while under arrest at the
US home he may have purchased "with
bribes and kickbacks".
In a letter to the US attorney's office,
Fifa's lawyers requested an "immediate"
audit of Webb's funds and assets,
expressing concern that he may not
have fully disclosed them to the court.
Fifteen individuals have pleaded guilty
and agreed to cooperate with US pros-
ecutors in exchange for a possible
reduction in sentence.
Fifa corruption scandal:
Former FIFA vice-president Jeffrey
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