Calciopoli Phone Calls Between Referees, Inter, Milan & Others Published

Phone calls involving the Milan giants and referee designators dating back to 2005 have been published by the Italian press for the first time...
Transcripts of phone calls involving Inter, Milan and a number of other clubs in relation to the 2006 Calciopoli trial have been published by Italian media after new evidence came to light at the current trial in Naples.

At the trial, former Juventus director Luciano Moggi is trying to defend his position by claiming that he was not the only one to call referee designators, and accused both Inter and Milan of doing the same.

His legal team have been sifting through the evidence and found thousands of transcripts from calls.

Some of these have now been published across the Italian media, and they show Inter president Massimo Moratti, the late Giachinto Facchetti, Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani, and the then Udinese coach Luciano Spalletti all having conversations with Paolo Bergamo who at the time was referee designator. There are also calls involving Pierluigi Pairetto, a former referee and designator.

In one call dated February 11 2005, Pairetto spoke with Facchetti, the then Inter president regarding referees for Coppa Italia matches.

According to Sportmediaset.it, here is an extract from that call.

Pairetto: Speak to you soon, and remember yeah, you know these things are private yeah, no-one knows about these things...

Fachetti: Yes, Yes, I agree.

Pairetto: It's something between us.

In another call dated January 10th 2005, Bergamo is speaking to Moratti, telling him he has sent a good team of officials for the game between Inter and Bologna in the Coppa Italia. Inter went on to win it 3-1. The call was published by Il Secolo XIX.

Bergamo, speaking to Moratti: "Seeing that there is no draw (for referees), but they will be designated, I have sent you Gabriele. And he will be with his two assistants who are very good..."

The conversation continues, and Bergamo explains the decision to send Gabriele.

Bergamo: I spoke to Facchetti, president, to confirm this climate of cordiality that is, naturally, something that only you and I know. The group appreciated the work in terms of Gabriele and Palanca (referees) and so I have decided to get them back for the Coppa Italia. One of them will ref Inter and one Milan.

Moratti: Ok...

Bergamo: We wanted to send out a good picture...

Moratti: Yes, Yes...

Bergamo: Facchetti said 'yes, yes we agree'...

Moratti: Ok, on Wednesday I will go and see him before the game.

Bergamo: He will be happy with this.

Moratti: I will go to say hello.

Bergamo: He will be happy if you say hello.

Moratti: Thanks. I will be there on Wednesday, and if need be I will go to see him before the game.

In another call published by Il Corriere dello Sport Bergamo discusses Inter's 1-1 draw with Chievo Verona with Facchetti and Christian Vieri's disallowed goal that was chalked off by linesman Ricci. The designator then promises things will be different at the next game when he sends a different referee.

Bergamo: Hi Giancinto (Facchetti).

Facchetti: Hi Paolo I wanted to say hi, and then seeing what happened on Sunday, I didn't know Moratti had come out with this ref story.

Bergamo: No, but don't worry, the president just wanted to speak, and does when he feels neccessary.

Facchetti: Yes, but it was Ricci who made the mistake. And Paparesta (the ref) made a decision on this.

Bergamo: But, when the president moans he is right, but just don't give the players an alibi.

Facchetti: Yes, right, in fact.

Bergamo: Understand? What could Paparesta do? Ricci made the mistake... in fact Paparesta had a good game. He had prepared the game really well, but unfortunately.

Facchetti: Nothing, we have Palanca tonight.

Bergamo: You'll see he will have a good game, wait and see, it will be a good one.

Milan president Adriano Galliani was also in contact with Bergamo. In one call they are speaking about the 1-0 defeat to Juventus on May 8th. The game was a Scudetto decider and Juventus went on to win the title that season.

Galliani was annoyed that the game didn't go to plan.

The call is dated May 17th 2005, and was published by Calciomercato.com.

Bergamo: Hello?

Galliani: It's Galliani, hello.

Bergamo: Hello, how are you?

Galliani: I was looking for you last night, but you were busy.

Bergamo: I still haven't recovered from the Milan-Juventus match. This caused a trauma in the family and it left a sign. We thought everything but...

Galliani: Us too, us too.

Bergamo: We thought everything apart from that, if it went bad, bad, bad, the game could have been a draw... anyway.

Galliani: Had we drawn we would have gone on to win at Lecce (the game ended 2-2) because we wouldn't have given up. Had we drawn with Juve we would have been top of the league and we would have certainly beat Lecce because it was an easy game.

Further evidence emerging at the trial of Naples sees the then Udinese coach Luciano Spalletti speaking with Bergamo before the 1-1 draw with Sampdoria on May 12th 2005.

Bergamo: It's important that you are fully charged up.

Spalletti: No, I am not fully motivated, naturally like you said with the, lets say, supervision of transparency, try to send us... like you know, like you have always done.

Bergamo: Look, I can tell you that after a last minute thought, I have already decided the assistants. Therefore you will get Pisacreta who is one of the best and Griselli from Livorno who has been number one. Therefore you are well protected, and as for the draw, we will see who you will get from the internationals (referees) that we have already put in."

Spalletti: Good.

Bergamo: I wish you good luck. We will do it. Good luck.

Adriano Galliani denied to comment on Friday when asked what he made of the new evidence.

But, on Saturday, Il Corriere Dello Sport reports Moratti will take action and defend himself from the new allegations in Naples when the court regathers for another hearing on April 13th.

The report claims Moratti will try to explain the calls. The FIGC (Italian FA) also confirmed they would be looking at the new evidence to decide whether or not to re-open the 2006 sporting trial.

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