Interesting revelations are emerging from Juve’s match fixing scandal that saw them relegated to Serie B in 2006. According to policeman and long time Juventus fan Franco Zampa, the Bianconeri should have never been striped of their two scudetto titles.
Zampa was a key witness in the original proceedings 4 years ago. He has now published a book where he states that there was never any proof to show if both Moggi and Juventus had influenced referees in any way.
Speaking to Tuttosport, Zampa was quoted as saying that the 2006 trials did not expose the truth.
“I want this book to let everyone know there is another truth to the one described by the media,”
“In 2006, when the first evidence emerged, everything suggested Juventus and director general Moggi were guilty.
“But the articles I read were lacking proof. When I read the dossier, I expected to find something consistent. There are descriptions of serious incidents and absurd situations, but there’s never any actual evidence.”
Of course there was evidence. In fact the evidence gathered not only revealed misdoings by Juventus, but also corrupt phone dealings done by Lucianno Moggi where he was heard buying fixing results with referees.
Zampa however does not agree with those findings.
“Wiretaps are useful, but they are a means to reaching evidence, not evidence per se. In my view, there is no evidence that can be presented to a court of law.
“In a sporting justice system that is another matter. Moggi may well be guilty of unfair behaviour, but that should be punished at most with a fine or a points penalty, certainly not demotion and two Scudetti.
In my opinion, Juventus deserved the punishment they got. It set the standards for all other teams that should they be involved in any unfair or corrupt dealings that influence the results of their matches, then the should expect the full wrath of the FIGC (Italian FA) to fall on them.
Zampa and Moggi believe that Juventus 2 revoked scudetti should be restored, however, that i am sorry to say might never happen. The Bianconeri’s actions put the state of Italian football cllosely under the radar and its repercussions are still being felt to date.
Not wanting to seem like they condone such behavior, the FIGC will maintain its punishment-at least i hope they do.
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