Thursday, 8 January 2009

Moggi evades jail sentence

Former Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi has received an 18-month suspended sentence after being found guilty in a transfer corruption trial in Rome.

Luciano MoggiMoggi was accused of using threats and violence to make players sign for a management agency and for specific clubs so that his Juventus side could prosper.

His son, Alessandro Moggi, was also sentenced to 14 months in prison following the long-running trial.

Luciano Moggi, who denied any wrongdoing, allegedly influenced player moves involving one of Italy's largest footballers agency GEA World, which was run by his son Alessandro.

Football agent Davide Lippi, son of Italy coach Marcello Lippi, was acquitted along with two others and GEA's former chief executive Francesco Zavaglia.

Sentences below two years are suspended in Italy, and the ANSA news agency reported that Luciano Moggi's would not serve any time in jail because the offences were committed before May 2006 when a controversial amnesty was granted by the Italian government.

Moggi, already banned from football for five years by the sporting courts for his part in a Calciopoli referee-influencing scandal in 2006, is facing a separate criminal trial over that affair, due to begin on 20 January in Naples - charged of sporting fraud and criminal association, as well as a probe into Juve's finances during his 12-year tenure at the Turin club.

Juventus were stripped of the Serie A titles for 2005 and 2006 and demoted to the second division over the affair. They have since returned to Italy's top flight, lying second midway through the season, and no longer have any connection with Moggi's regime.

Source: Reuters

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