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Moggi appeals to Human Rights Court - lawyer

23 October 2013, 16:57

Milan - Former Juventus official Luciano Moggi has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights after claiming he suffered rights violations during a trial over his role in a match-fixing affair, his lawyer said.

Moggi, a former general manager with Juventus, Italy's most successful Serie A club, was effectively banned from the game for life after being found guilty of sporting fraud and conspiracy in an affair known as 'Calciopoli'.

The scandal centred on the role and influence of referees appointed for certain league matches and ultimately led to Juventus losing the two league titles they won in 2005 and 2006 and to their demotion to Serie B.

Following the publication of evidence from wiretaps, Moggi was revealed as a pivotal figure in the affair and after several complicated trials was banned from holding any kind of position within Italian sport.

His lawyer, Federico Tedeschini, said Wednesday Moggi has appealed to the Court over several perceived "violations", including the right to a fair trial and his right to return to the role he once held in Italian sport.

Tedeschini said Moggi would now ask the Court to acknowledge the role of the Italian state in helping to violate his human rights and wants Italy to "adopt all the necessary measures allowing his return to his former status before suffering the violations, and to receive just reparations."

Tedeschini said he has asked the Court to make the appeal "a priority", adding he was confident it would be discussed within the next six months.

Moggi's 12-year spell with Juventus coincided with the club's most successful period.

Juventus won seven league titles, including those revoked, as well as the Champions League, one Italian Cup, four Italian Super Cup titles, one Intercontinental Cup and the European Super Cup.

After the scandal erupted in 2006, wiretaps revealed conversations Moggi held with Pierluigi Pairetto, then the referees' chief, whose job was to select officials for Serie A games.

Other clubs, including AC Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina were also embroiled and were docked points for their respective roles in the affair.



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