- Title: ITALY: SOCCER: Former Juve chief Moggi jailed for 18 months
- Date: 10th January 2009
- Summary: ROME, ITALY (FILE MAY 2006) (REUTERS) (MUTE) VARIOUS NEWSPAPER HEADLINES INCLUDING 'SHAMELESS' IN IL TEMPO
- Embargoed: 25th January 2009 12:00
- Location: Italy
- Country: Italy
- Topics: Sports
- Reuters ID: LVAEMAEVJNBL7BS899BU3R4QJ678
- Story Text: Former Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi is sentenced to 18 months in prison for his part in the 2006 Italian soccer corruption scandal.
Former Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after being found guilty in the Gea World transfer corruption trial on Thursday (January 8).
Agent Davide Lippi, son of Italy coach Marcello Lippi, was acquitted along with three others following the long-running Rome trial.
Prosecutors had wanted Moggi to go to jail for six years for using the Gea soccer management agency to manipulate the Italian transfer market.
He was accused of using threats and violence to make players sign for the management agency and for specific clubs so that Moggi's Juve side in the early part of the decade could prosper.
Moggi, already banned from football for five years for his part in a 2006 Italian match-fixing affair, is also facing a separate criminal trial over that scandal as well as a probe into Juve's finances during his tenure.
Moggi's son Alessandro, who ran Gea World, has been given a 14-month sentence, the court heard.
Davide Lippi was found not guilty by judges despite prosecutors calling for a 16-month prison sentence last year.
Juve were demoted to Italy's second division in 2006 and had their 2005 and 2006 titles stripped when investigators ruled that then general manager Moggi was trying to pick favourable referees as part of the match-fixing scandal.
The Turin club are back in Serie A, lying second midway through the season, and no longer have anything to do with Moggi.
A host of famous witnesses were called to give evidence at the Gea trial last year including Italy coach Lippi, Juve's French striker David Trezeguet and England coach Fabio Capello.
Capello was accused by prosecutor Luca Palamara of withholding information to the trial and an investigation was launched into the former Juve boss.
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