Atalanta will start the new Serie A campaign with a six-point deduction after they were found guilty of being involved in match-fixing.
The newly-promoted club would have faced an arduous task in trying to stay in the division, but this will no doubt make it harder.
Their former captain, Cristiano Doni, has also been found guilty for his role in the deception and has been banned from the game for three-and-a-half years.
At 38, it could well spell the end of his career but both the player and Atalanta are planning to appeal against the verdicts.
Former Lazio striker and captain, Guiseppe Signori, who has now retired from the game, has been banned from footballing activities for five years.
Benevento goalkeeper Marco Paolini also received a five-year ban from the game for drugging his team-mates at Cremonese last season.
Benevento as a club received a nine-point penalty, Ascoli six points and Piacenza four.