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By ESPN Staff

Lippi denies conflict of interest

ROME, April 1 (Reuters) - There was no conflict of interest between Marcello Lippi being a manager and his son being a football agent, the former Italy coach told a court in written testimony on Tuesday.

Six pages of evidence from a meeting between Lippi and a prosecutor were released to the trial of six men accused of fostering unfair competition through the use of threats or violence.

The six are linked to the Gea World sports agency and are suspected of manipulating the transfer market for their own gain.

Lippi was coach of Juventus from 1994-99 and 2001-04, working under general manager Luciano Moggi. Their sons Davide Lippi and Alessandro Moggi both worked for Gea.

"The roles always remained clearly distinct," Lippi said in the witness statement with regard to his son's role at Gea.

He also brushed off suggestions that his former general manager had later tried to influence him as Italy coach between 2004-06.

"I deny having been put under pressure by Luciano Moggi on decisions about players for the national team," he said.

"It happened that I would ask Moggi about how some players order to call them up. Anyway I called up the players in a totally independent way and not because someone had told me to."

Luciano Moggi, along with Davide Lippi, is one of the defendants in the case.

England coach Fabio Capello gave evidence in the trial on Monday and is now being investigated by a state prosecutor on suspicion of withholding information from the court.

There were no further developments regarding Capello's case on Tuesday, with Lippi's evidence taking centre stage.

Soccer player Davide Baiocco also told the court how Moggi's son Alessandro, the head of Gea, had become his agent and secured him a move to Juve in 2002. He signed for four years but hardly played and later left the club.

His relationship with Alessandro Moggi then ended but he said he was never put under pressure by the agent.