Calciopoli Watch: Key policeman says there was no proof to punish Luciano Moggi & Juventus in 2006 trial

Franco Zampa says there was no evidence behind Juve's punishment...
Juventus should never have been stripped of two Scudetti and sent to Serie B as part of the 2006 Calciopoli investigation, claims a policeman who was a key witness in the original proceedings.

Franco Zampa, a policeman and Juventus fan, has published a book on the scandal that rocked Italian football, and that still continues to send shockwaves through the game in light of proceedings at the Tribunal of Naples in which Moggi and his legal team have shown the law courts evidence that involved other clubs.

As part of the sports trial four years ago Juventus were revoked two titles and sent to Serie B. But, Zampa claims that should never have happend and bases his claim that there was never any proof to show that either Juventus or Moggi had influenced referees.

"I want this book to let everyone know there is another truth to the one described by the media," Zampa, the author of the comic book ‘An Ode to Inconsistency’, told Tuttosport.

"In 2006, when the first evidence emerged, everything suggested Juventus and director general Moggi were guilty.

"But the articles I read were lacking proof. When I read the dossier, I expected to find something consistent. There are descriptions of serious incidents and absurd situations, but there’s never any actual evidence.

"Conclusions are reached without listing the facts. There is simply no proof. As Sherlock Holmes said, you start an investigation with facts in order to reach a conclusion. My colleagues started from a conclusion.

"Moggi was the perfect villain for public opinion.

"It has never been proved how the ex-director general corrupted a referee and forced him to favour Juventus.

"Wiretaps are useful, but they are a means to reaching evidence, not evidence per se. In my view, there is no evidence that can be presented to a court of law.

"In a sporting justice system that is another matter. Moggi may well be guilty of unfair behaviour, but that should be punished at most with a fine or a points penalty, certainly not demotion and two Scudetti.

"I repeat, in Moggi’s phone calls there is nothing all that compromising."

At the legal trial in Naples Moggi and his legal team have uncovered wiretaps involving a number of other clubs. There he is trying to prove that it was not just Juventus who spoke with referee designators, but a number of clubs and directors.

Designators and former referees have admitted to speaking to various clubs directors at the time, and on Tuesday the court was told how referees never suspected there was any pressure on them to influence games.

As the trial in Naples continues, the Italian FA are also set to launch their own inquiry to assess whether it was right to hand Inter the 2006 title.

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