Remember the 2006 match fixing scandal that rocked Italian football? Well, we might soon be seeing its first casualty if the FIGC (Italian FA) gets its way. Former Juventus director Luciano Moggi is looking at getting a lifetime ban from football for his cheating and match fixing allegations that saw the Italian giants demoted to Serie B for the 06/07 season.
Moggi who was director of Juventus from 1994 to May 2006 is accused of bribing referees, match designators and bankers to overturn results in favour of Juventus. The Old Lady seems to be getting into the news for all the wrong reasons. Just 2 days ago the club drew 1-1 with Catania to end their hopes of playing in the Champions League next season and now they have to build on their tarnished image in Italy as well as Europe.
The last 4 years have been hell in Serie A for the Turin outfit. They have failed to win any major trophy and their once dominant players seem to have lost creativity when placed in front of a ball. Moggi has however been quick to deny the rumours telling Italian daily Libero that he is still active in matters of football.
“I have not been banned. Who says these things is telling a lie because no one from the FIGC has had the courage to tell me about this, “
“All this in relation to my presumed lifetime ban is nothing more than the latest chapter that the federation has written because they are scared of all the probationary material that has come out in the tribunal of Naples in relation to Calciopoli.”// <![CDATA[// <![CDATA[
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Guilty or not, Moggi can kiss his participation in football goodbye. If the tribunal does not get him then the press will surely milk his case for all its worth. The bad publicity has already done significant damage. It is a lose-lose situation for Moggi and only time will decide his fate.
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