Atalanta are preparing to appeal their six point deduction over Italy's betting scandal.

The FIGC ruled Atalanta will have to begin the new season from -6, while captain Cristiano Doni and defender Thomas Manfredini are both suspended for over three years.

"We will lodge an appeal and I think we'll be able to reduce the penalty points," said club lawyer Luigi Chiappero.

"Any eventual indirect responsibility of the club should be reduced to an absolute minimum.

"Atalanta will count on the validity of our arguments and hope to slice down the penalty."