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Dec 18, 2013

Moggi to take case to High Court

The solicitor of former Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi has vowed to clear his client's name as part of the match-fixing scandal which saw the Bianconeri relegated to Serie B in 2006.

Maurilio Prioreschi said he was not surprised to hear his appeal against a two-year and four-month prison sentence had failed on Monday. However, Moggi will not be admitted to jail until one last appeal has been heard, and Prioreschi has announced his intention of taking that step.

"We're certainly going to the High Court," Prioreschi said. "After all, this process was always going to end up there, and that is where it will be decided."

Prioreschi had presented new evidence to the Naples Court of Appeal, yet this did not alter the court's stance. Moggi has been sentenced to imprisonment for his part in manipulating the appointment of referees for Serie A matches.

He is also accused of asserting pressure on match officials to take certain action in games involving sides set to meet Juventus in their next match in an attempt to suspend their most important players for games against his own club.

Some of the referees who were also initially sentenced have since been absolved, furthering Prioreschi's belief that the whole case has become a farce with only his client now being held responsible.

Referring to a match between Udinese and Juventus, one of the games suspected of being manipulated, Prioreschi said: "Just think that all of the assistants of that game and the referee Rodomonti have now been absolved. So who manipulated that game? Moggi, [Juve's director of sport Antonio] Giraudo and [FIGC refereeing designator Paolo] Bergamo. Fine, so tell me how they did it.

"Who took to the field to manipulate that game? Father Christmas?"

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