Ex-referee Gianluca Paparesta was dismissed by the Italian Referees’ Association (AIA) in the wake of the 2006 Calciopoli affair, but he has now hit back and denounces that the Calcio world is still run by the same people who were involved in the scandal.
“It’s a system that can manipulate and distort reality,” he writes in his blog.
Paparesta, who was famously locked in his dressing room by former Juventus director Luciano Moggi in Reggio Calabria, alleges that this new cupola is aiming to perpetuate itself and its power by having privileged relationships with big clubs.
To give weight to his allegations Paparesta even posted a wiretapped phone conversation between Moggi and a ‘top federal director’ who L’Espresso magazine believes to be Antonello Valentini, who is still the right-hand of Italian Football Federation (FIGC) President Giancarlo Abete.
And L’Espresso published other phone conversations in his latest issue that just hit the shelves in Italy in which current referee designator Pierluigi Collina talked with Milan official Leonardo Meani and demanded to meet Rossoneri general manager Adriano Galliani, “but not at his house, I don’t want people to see us.”
At the time Collina was still acting as a referee, but AIA rules forbid officials from having meetings with clubs’ representatives.
Vince Masiello, Goal.com