Italy – Jubilation to Relegation

On Sunday 9th July, 2006, Italian fans were celebrating their countries fourth World Cup. Fans were still celebrating from Milan down to Rome on Friday before Italys Sports Tribunal shattered the nations celebrations. In less then a week Italian fans went from jubilation to despair as the biggest scandal to hit Serie A came to a conclusion.

The latest scandal to hit Italian football centres on former Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi and his part in alleged match-fixing. It is believed that Moggi used his connections to influence the appointments of referees for Juventus matches. Juventus are not the only club to be involved as AC Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina are also accused of attempting to fix a match, fixing a match and failing to report match-fixing or similar ‘unsporting’ behaviour.’

The Italian Football Federation (IFF) asked state prosecutor, Stefano Palazzi, to put together a case against the four clubs alleged of match-fixing. Palazzi wanted to set an example to other clubs inพนันเว็บ ufabet มือถือ Italy in this case and before the result was announced he wanted Juventus relegated to Serie C1 (the third tier of Italian football), and AC Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina relegated to Serie B.

On Friday 14th July, 2006, Palazzi announced the Sports Tribunals decision. The announcement rocked the footballing world as Juventus, Fiorentina and Lazio were relegated to Serie B. Juventus were stripped of their last two Serie A titles and given a 30 point deduction for the start of the new season. Fiorentina and Lazio have also been docked seven and twelve points respectively for the new season. AC Milan escaped relegation but start their Serie A season with a 15 point deduction.

The Old Lady of Turin has been hit the hardest out of the four clubs involved. This is because Lazio, AC Milan and Fiorentina have been accused of far lesser crimes. Fiorentina were victimised by match officials controlled by former Juve general manager Moggi until the club agreed to stop campaigning against the Juventus general manager. Once they had agreed to put an end to this campaign, they were given some favourable decisions towards the end of the 2004/05 season which saved them from relegation. AC Milan approached several linesmen and Lazio approached league officials who appointed referees.