Today in a Roman court, Luciano Moggi, the former director general of Juventus FC, along with his son, Alessandro, a sports agent and manager at GEA World, were sentenced for their involvement in the 2006 Calciopoli scandal that rocked Italian football.
Moggi Sr. received a suspended sentence of 1 year and 6 months for corruption. His son received a suspended sentence of 1 year and 2 months. They are not likely to see any prison time, and the appeal process will begin shortly.
Several others, including the son of Marcello Lippi, Davide, were exonerated from any wrongdoing. Davide is also an agent at GEA World.
As usual, Signor Moggi, who has already been banned for 5 years from Italian football, was defiant and unrepetant:
"Alla fine hanno assolto la Gea e hanno condannato i Moggi: è una vergogna. Ma la montagna ha partorito il topolino. Mi dispiace soltanto per mio figlio Alessandro, lui è giovane."
"Queste accuse non reggeranno in appello. Il processo di secondo grado non saranno i tempi supplementari di questa vicenda. Lì andiamo al golden gol".
Grande delusione anche per il figlio Alessandro: "Sono amareggiato e deluso, mi aspettavo una piena assoluzione - ha commentato -. Sono stato condannato per aver parlato 30 secondi con due giocatori."
"In the end they absolved GEA but condemned the Moggis: it is a disgrace. But the mountain was cut in half by a mouse. I am sorry only for my son, Alessandro, he is young.Source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, 08 January 2009.
These accusations will not end in appeal. The next process won't be extra time in this matter. We will go to the golden goal."
A great delusion for his son, Alessandro.
"I am bitter and disillusioned, I had hoped to be cleared in full," he commented.
"I was condemned for having spoken for 30 seconds with two players."