|The Hammer Falls in Italy
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|Author:||xerxes [ Fri Jul 14, 2006 1:02 pm ]|
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From the BBC:
Italian trio relegated to Serie B
Serie A sides Juventus, Lazio and Fiorentina have been demoted to the second division for their involvement in Italy's match-fixing scandal.
AC Milan will stay in Serie A but will lose 15 points and will be kicked out of the Champions League.
Juventus were also stripped of their last two titles and had 30 points deducted meaning that they are almost certain to stay down for two seasons.
Lazio were penalised seven points while Fiorentina suffered a 12 point penalty.
The clubs will have three days to appeal to the Federal Court.
The FIGC (Italian football's governing body) must hand Uefa the lists of teams that will be involved in European competitions by 25 July, with Juventus, AC Milan and and Fiorentina out of the Champions League and Lazio thrown out of the Uefa Cup.
Inter, Roma, Chievo and Palermo, who finished third, fifth and seventh and eighth are all expected to be the teams taking part in next season's Champions League.
Those directly involved with the scandal were also penalised, with former Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi suspended from all football for five years and Adriano Galliani, who was AC Milan vice-president, suspended for one year.
The tribunal in Rome investigated charges that the clubs, their management, football officials and referees tried to influence the outcome of matches by interfering with the appointment of officials.
In May, transcripts were published of telephone conversations between Moggi and Italian Football Association officials, discussing refereeing appointments in the 2004-05 season.
FIGC prosecutor Stefano Palazzi also charged 26 individuals for sporting fraud and violating fairness and probity.
All four clubs implicated denied the accusations.
Thirteen of Italy's World Cup-winning squad play for the clubs involved, with five at Juventus, who also number Patrick Vieira, Lilian Thuram, David Trezeguet, Pavel Nedved and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their ranks.
Wow. Even if the clubs appeal I still think the judgements will stand. And if so, then look for a mass exodus of talent from those clubs. So maybe Kitty will have a chance to see some tohse Italian players she was drooling over in England after all...
For those who do not follow soccer, this would be the equivalent of having the Habs (when they won everything) having to play in the AHL or QMJL. They woulod also have to sell off their players to keep themselves in the black. Mind you, the way the Leafs play today, they should be playing in the AHL anyways...
|Author:||Toro [ Fri Jul 14, 2006 2:56 pm ]|
And credit to the Italian authorities for taking the action needed.
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