Catania have been demoted to the third tier of Italian football for their involvement in a

match-fixing scandal

in last season’s Serie B.

The Sicilian side have been deducted 12 points this season and fined £107,111 (150,000 euros), the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said.

The club finished 15th in last season’s Serie B, two points above the relegation places.

Matches under investigation were five wins and a draw from March and April.

The FIGC also said Catania president Antonino Pulvirenti would be banned for five years and fined £214,143 (300,000 euros).

Pulvirenti and six others were arrested in June, accused of committing

“fraud in sporting competition”.

Catania have said they will

appeal against the decision.