Thursday, April 19, 2007

Seven refs suspended by AIA

The Italian Referees’ Association has suspended the seven referees involved in the latest wave of the Calciopoli scandal.

The Naples prosecutors closed their match-fixing probe last week after almost a year and named 48 people suspected of wrongdoing.

The latest findings are now expected to be passed on to Saverio Borrelli, the head of the Italian Football Federation’s (FIGC) investigative team, who might open a new sporting trial.

AIA chief Cesare Gussoni had announced that it would wait for official documentation regarding the accusations before making any decisions.

But the referees’ governing body has now opted to suspend Paolo Bertini, Stefano Cassara, Antonio Dattilo, Marco Gabriele, Gianluca Paparesta, Tiziano Pieri and Salvatore Racalbuto. Assistants Marcello Ambrosino and Duccio Baglioni were also suspended as a precautionary measure.

A total of 39 games from the 2004-05 campaign were among a list of incriminated ties, 15 of which were not previously made known.

Former Juventus director general Luciano Moggi was again at the centre of the scandal after being accused of attempting to influence the outcome of the matches.

The now infamous Bianconeri official is also thought to have provided a number of referees with Swiss SIM cards that were considered safe from wiretapping.


Post a Comment

<< Home