Juve charged in match-fixing investigation

Italy’s football federation have charged Juventus, former general manager Luciano Moggi and a number of match officials in the second part of investigations into the 2006 match-fixing scandal.

Italy’s football federation have charged Juventus, former general manager Luciano Moggi and a number of match officials in the second part of investigations into the 2006 match-fixing scandal.

Moggi, who had already been banned from football for five years for his part in corrupting referees, has been accused of providing foreign mobile phone numbers to match officials in order to communicate with them secretly.

A statement on the FIGC website explained Moggi was being charged on two points, having also acted as director for Messina who were in the top flight with Juve at the time of the scandal:

“a) for having, in the course of the 2004/05 season, built a system of communication with the referees’ association, giving some of these – directly or through go-betweens – foreign telephone cards, while furnishing himself with such a form of ”confidential“ communication;

“b) for having carried out, until 2005/06, at the same time as his position with Juventus, functions as a director of Messina, collaborating in decisions with their directors (Pietro) Franza, (Mariano) Fabiani and (Mario) Bonsignore, in the period in which they were in charge.”

Juve have been called into question for their responsibility as Moggi’s employers, with 10 referees also facing charges.

After the initial Calciopoli investigations, the Bianconeri were stripped of their Serie A title and relegated to Serie B in a scandal that rocked Italian football.

Mariano Fabiani, Messina’s sporting director at the time, and another former director Mario Bonsignore are implicated in the second of the charges, while the Sicilian club have also been accused along with president Pietro Franza.

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