Wednesday, May 17, 2006

TV host resigns

The host of Italy's most popular football program has resigned amid allegations that he collaborated with Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi to boost the club's image.

Italian media published excerpts of intercepted phone conversations indicating Moggi allegedly pressured TV host Aldo Biscardi to favour Juventus. Viewers took part in phone-in polls that were manipulated to favour Juventus, according to the transcripts.

Biscardi was host of "Il Processo di Biscardi" ("Biscardi's Trial"), a show that analysed Serie A matches for 26 years. He said he decided to leave because of "all that is happening in the soccer world."

Monday's show was the last of the season.


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