Bad..bad news all around for the Italians and that just after the victorious World Cup campaign.
Juventus, Lazio, and Fiorentina have been relegated from Serie A as a result of the match-fixing scandal.
All of the match-fixing allegations, which revolve around a series of wiretapped conversations involving club managers and referee selectors, date back to the 2004-2005 season.
Moggi and Juve chief executive Antonio Giraudo, who have both resigned over the issue together with the whole club board, were accused of creating a powerful and vast organization designed to control the selection of referees assigned to the team’s matches.
According to judges, Moggi imposed his choices on referee selectors Paolo Bergamo and Pierluigi Pairetto.
In return, Moggi promised to foster the career of obliging referees like Massimo De Santis thanks to his connections within the FIGC.
Juventus have been stripped of their Serie A titles for each of the last two seasons. They will start next campaign with a 30-point deficit and former Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi has been suspended from all football for five years.
Juventus had never before been relegated in their 108-year-old history.
That also means they can expect an exodus of players from their squad,players such as Buffon,Zambrotta,Viera,Trezeguet,Del Piero,Cannavaro!,Thuram.
AC Milan have avoided relegation, but will start next season with a 15-point deficit, and have had 44 points taken from their tally for the 2005-06 season.
The ‘least’ judgement was issued on Milan,which probably means Gatusso and co will still remain with the team..unless they want european action next season.
Lazio will start in Serie B with a 7-point deficit.
Not too shabby..but hey..it’s Serie B…that sucks all the same.
Fiorentina will start in Serie B with a 12-point deficit.
The rulings mean that none of the four clubs will be allowed to play in Europe next season.
what a bummer!..no Juventus & Ac Milan in the Champions League!!
It just doesn’t seem [email protected][email protected]!!!
Can anyone actually profit from this?
as much as i would like the answer to be a resounding NO,Inter Milan would be the one club that benefits from this..let’s be truthful here..without AC Milan,Juve and Lazio in their faces they practically start the season as winners,i can see Figo,new boy-Luca Toni,Metarazzi,Recoba all smilling now :D…too bad Veron decided to move on 😛