Goal.com Calciopoli Debate: Inter Could Risk Relegation, Juventus Could Claim Compensation Of €200 Million

Goal.com analyses the potential outcomes and punishments to teams caught up in Calciopoli II, and points out that Inter could be revoked of the 2006 Scudetto and even relegated from Serie A…
On Tuesday, a hearing in Naples regarding the 2006 football scandal took a twist that could see the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) placed under the microscope again.

Luciano Moggi’s lawyers presented evidence that further discredit claims that the former Juventus director controlled the league prior to 2006. The lawyers examined Col. Attilio Auricchio, who headed the investigation in 2006, and unmasked potential evidence tampering. This revelation could open the door to a retrial.  
 
It should be noted that this trial is occurring in two theatres; criminal charges are being handled in Civil Court while sporting matters will be handled by the FIGC where titles and relegations could be decided.
 
If evidence tampering is confirmed, criminal charges will no doubt be made against Auricchio. If he were to reveal who he was tampering evidence for, countless individuals in the football and telecommunications world could find themselves in much more compromising courts than sporting tribunals.
 
The FIGC has also officially opened their books on the situation and yesterday received the evidence from Naples which they will review to determine if a retrial should be undertaken. The confirmation of evidence tampering could prove the relegation and title stripping of Juventus as wrongful and lead the team to seek compensation for the titles and 200-plus million euros lost as a result of the initial verdicts.


The nature of the new wiretaps is also cause for concern. Unlike in 2006, direct conversations between referees and presidents are now being heard (Facchetti-De Santis) along with coach to designator calls (Spalletti-Bergamo). Direct requests for referees and influence over the refereeing grids (random draw for referee assigning) as well as private meetings have also been unveiled.
 
Yesterday, former referee designator Paolo Bergamo told Rai Sport that he did in fact dine with Inter's Massimo Moratti and Giacinto Facchetti and that he did receive gifts over the holidays. Bergamo went on to state that Facchetti did request specific referees be placed in the “grids”. Such accusations exceed those heard in 2006 for all clubs and would suggest that Inter could be at risk of relegation along with potential title stripping for the 2006 league title (assigned in court) and the 2005 Coppa Italia/Supercoppa Italiana since calls revolving around Coppa matches have now emerged between Moratti and Bergamo. 


The wiretaps of other directors and coaches spanning clubs from Udinese to Cagliari have also been presented, lending credibility to Bergamo’s claim that he spoke to all and that it was even encouraged by the league in order to maintain positive dialogue. Moggi has been quoted as saying “either everyone is innocent or everyone is guilty” as a result, but from a legal standpoint such a claim may be too simplistic.
 
It appears that everyone did in fact maintain close relations with the referee designators which is in itself a violation (though minor), but the degrees of guilt may vary based on the recent courtroom revelations.
 
Time will tell now how the proceedings will unfold. The Naples hearings will resume on Tuesday April 20.


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