Moggi avoids jail sentence

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Former Juventus director Luciano Moggi has been given a suspended 18 month prison sentence for his role in the Calciopoli scandal.

Moggi was the man at the centre of the 2006 Italian match-fixing scandal that shook Italian football and scarred Juventus in 2006.

After a long trial, he has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for the way GEA Sports Management Agency, run by his son Alessandro, manipulated the transfer market through bribe and threats.

But the latest reports indicate that he has been given a suspended jail term.

Alessandro has also been handed a 14-month suspended sentence, while agent Franco Zavaglia and son Emanuele were pardoned, as were Italy coach Marcello Lippi's son Davide, Francesco Ceravolo and Pasquale Gallo.

"In the end, they absolved GEA and condemned the Moggis. It's shameful," Moggi told ANSA after the verdict.

"I am sorry for my son Alessandro because he is young. But these accusations won't stand up on appeal."

The Calciopoli scandal was the most widespread corruption case in the history of Italian football, resulting in, most infamously, Juventus being stripped of their 2005 and 2006 Scudetti and demoted to Serie B with a nine-point penalty.

Besides the Turin giants, three other top clubs - AC Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina - were punished, as were Reggina and Arezzo.

Moggi, meanwhile, was handed a sizeable fine and banned from football for five years.

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