Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Juve's Italian Job a Trick Too Far?

Juve's Italian Job a Trick Too Far?
The World Cup is on everyone's minds so it may have skipped your attention that Italian football is currently imploding due to another scandal. Now it is hardly news to say that Italy or its football is corrupt but this time it really could make waves.

"We are talking not only about the biggest scandal in Italian football since Paolo Rossi but possibly the biggest scandal in European football for fifty years," Italian football expert and author of 'Forza Italia', Paddy Agnew told Soccerphile.

Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi resigned a day before la Signora won their 29th scudetto after taped conversations of him arranging referees for Juventus games were relayed to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The entire Juve board including CEO Antonio Giraudo has also resigned along with Italian Football Federation president Francesco Carraro, while referee Massimo De Santis has been withdrawn from the World Cup.

Lazio, Fiorentina and Milan are also being fingered by the police investigation over a possible twenty fixed games in the 2004-05 season.

Finally Italian national team goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is in the law's sights after he admitted betting on matches until the practice was made illegal at the start of this season.
Watch this space for more revelations, with the smart money now being on Juventus being stripped of their title and demoted to Serie B.

"From what I gather, the investigators have only released 10% of what they know, so there is a lot more to come," said Agnew.

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