Thursday, June 22, 2006

Galliani steps down as Lega Chief

AC Milan vice-President Adriano Galliani has stepped down as President of Lega Calcio following his indictment in a wide-ranging match-fixing scandal.

Galliani is to face charges of unloyal behaviour in a sports trial opening in Rome on June 28. Stefano Palazzi, the prosecutor named by the FIGC, wrote in his indictment that Galliani 'fully approved' the conduct of Leonardo Meani, a Milan official in charge of relationships with referees.

In telephone taps, Meani allegedly contacted a referee selector to obtain the assignment of game officials who could favour Milan.

Galliani said that his resignation after four years at the helm of the Lega should not be interpreted as an admission of responsibility.


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