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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Nov, 8, 2011

Moggi jailed for match-fixing role

Former Juventus director Luciano Moggi was sentenced to five years and four months in prison by a Naples court on Tuesday for his part in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal that rocked Italy five years ago.

Moggi, who was banned from football for life by a sports court, has been found guilty of criminal association aimed at committing sports fraud. He was one of 16 people found guilty while eight were cleared, according to Italian news agency ANSA.

As a result of the scandal, Juventus were demoted to the second division and were stripped of the 2005 and 2006 Serie A titles. AC Milan, Lazio, Fiorentina and Reggina were also involved in Calciopoli and were penalised with points deductions.

Fiorentina owners Andrea and Diego Della Valle and Lazio president Claudio Lotito received 15-month sentences as well as fines of €25,000 each. Former AC Milan executive Leonardo Meani was given a one-year sentence.

Former Italian football federation vice-president Innocenzo Mazzini was sentenced to 26 months while ex-referee Massimo De Santis was given 23 months.

Moggi has announced he will appeal against his sentence, telling Gazzetta dello Sport: "The verdict was already written. Now we will appeal hoping for true justice, otherwise, we will have to put our trust on the divine. This is just the first round, I will continue to fight. I am confident.''

Moggi, who was banned from football for life by a sports court earlier this year, was surprised by a statement issued by his former club Juventus.

Juventus, who had their appeal for damages rejected yesterday, claimed on their website that the court in Naples confirmed the club's "non-involvement'' in the scandal.

As a result of Calciopoli, Juventus were demoted to the second division and were stripped of its 2005 and 2006 Serie A titles.

"I don't understand Juve's statement,'' Moggi said. "It seems as though I played alone in this but it was not like that. I will defend myself, without a doubt.''

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