Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Prosecutor asks for all 4 clubs to be thrown out

The prosecutor Stefano Palazzi (pictured) has today called for Juventus to be relegated into Serie C1, as well as urging the sporting tribunal to condemn Milan, Fiorentina and Lazio to Serie B. Palazzi made his formal requests at around midday where he pushed for all the clubs charged with sporting fraud to face stiff penalties.

As well as seeing Juve thrown into “a Division lower than Serie B”, Palazzi wants them to be stripped of their last two Serie A titles and start the new campaign with a six-point penalty. He’s also asked for Fiorentina and Lazio to begin with a 15 point penalty in next season’s Second Division, where they could be joined by a Milan side who start on minus three points.

There are also now 25, and not 26, individuals on trial for sporting fraud – FIGC member Cosimo Maria Ferri was cleared of any wrongdoing last night – and Palazzi is pushing for lengthy bans and fines.Former Juventus director general Luciano Moggi, the man at the centre of the scandal, could face a five-year ban from the game plus multiple fines of 5,000 Euros. Palazzi has asked for the same length of punishment to be handed out to ex-Juve chief executive Antonio Giraudo, Lazio President Claudio Lotito, Milan official Leonardo Meani, plus Diego and Andrea Della Valle of Fiorentina.Other notable individuals who may face similar consequences include former FIGC chief Franco Carraro, ex-refereeing designators Paolo Bergamo and Pierluigi Pairetto, and current referee Massimo De Santis. Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani is facing the threat of a two-year stop, while promising referee Gianluca Paparesta could be sidelined for a year.All involved maintain their innocence.

Tribunal president Cesare Ruperto called a premature end to Tuesday's proceedings at around 4pm local time, because not all the defendants wishing to speak in defence of themselves were present, including the man at the eye of the storm, Moggi. Juve's former general manager has not appeared at the trial since it started, raising doubts over whether he will turn up at all.

The trial began last Thursday but was adjourned until Monday even if nobody was questioned on its restart as the day was dominated by objections from defence lawyers.
On Wednesday the remaining defendants will speak, followed by prosecutor Palazzi, who will respond to their arguments. Lawyers representing the accused will then launch their defences.The FIGC are hoping for a verdict, which may not be as stiff as Palazzi is pushing for, to be delivered by July 10.


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