Wednesday, 21 April 2010

FIGC opens new Calciopoli inquest

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on Wednesday announced that it is opening a new investigation into Calciopoli.

FIGC headquarters in Via Gregorio Allegri, RomaThe new inquest, to be led by FIGC prosecutor Stefano Palazzi, is related to the 2006 referee-influencing scandal that almost brought Italian football to its knees and follows a series of revelations in recent weeks.

Lawyers for Luciano Moggi, who is currently in the dock of a criminal court in Naples over his involvement in the 2006 scandal, have been drip-releasing tapped conversations between the former referees' selector and various club officials, dating back to 2005.

"With regards to the trial underway in Naples, the Federal prosecutors will ask to acquire all the evidence provided by the parties," read a statement on the FIGC website.

"Over the next few days the prosecutor Stefano Palazzi will send a formal request to the President of the Naples tribunal Teresa Casoria, launching the investigation on the new series of interceptions."

Many of the new conversations have been between the now-deceased former Inter President Giacinto Facchetti and Paolo Bergamo, the former referees' selector.

Moggi, the former Juventus general manager, was himself previously convicted in a sporting court for conversations he had with officials over the designation of certain referees for particular matches.

Defence lawyers argue that Moggi was not at the centre of a 'mafia' style organisation putting pressure on referees, instead, they maintain he was only one of many club officials who contacted refereeing officials.

Juventus were hit hard by Calciopoli as they were stripped of their last two Serie A titles in 2004-05 and 2005-06 and demoted to Serie B.

Inter, however, were not on trial in the sporting courts four years ago and a FIGC committee controversially decided to hand the Nerazzurri the 2006 title while the 2005 Scudetto remains unassigned.

During the original investigation, thousands of telephone conversations were tapped and their contents transcribed, and this was used as evidence against the clubs sanctioned, which also included AC Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio, Reggina and Arezzo, who all had points docked.

Some conversations, considered irrelevant by the investigators, were not originally transcribed but Moggi's lawyers successfully applied to have them noted and used as evidence.

It is these new transcriptions that the current investigation will concentrate on although those so far leaked to the press by Moggi's lawyers have contained nothing damning.

Source: AFP

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