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Luciano Moggi, Antonio Giraudo and Innocenzo Mazzini Receive Lifetime Bans For Role In Calciopoli

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Luciano Moggi, Antonio Giraudo and Innocenzo Mazzini Receive Lifetime Bans For Role In Calciopoli

In 2006, Serie A champions Juventus were stripped of their 2005 and 2006 titles after Italian police intercepted telephone conversations suggesting that games had been rigged by the selection of favorable referees. Calciopoli may have occurred five years ago, but FIGC finally handed down rulings on Wednesday, with Luciano Moggi (former director-general of Juventus), Antonio Giraudo (former manager of Juventus) and Innocenzo Mazzini (former FIGC vice-president) now banned for life from Italian football.

After being accused of attempting to influence referees, Moggi, Giraudo, and Mazzini were all suspended for five years. Although the ban has now been made permanent, do not assume this is the end of the story -- it never is, in Italian football. A trial continues in Naples, in which Moggi's lawyer is attempting to prove that many other clubs, including Inter Milan -- the club that was handed the 2006 scudetto after it was taken from Juve. Oh, the irony.

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