January 8, 2009

Light sentence given in match-fixing case

Former Juventus Football Club official Luciano Moggi should spend 18 months in prison for his part in a match-fixing plot, an Italian court said Thursday.

The Italian news agency, ANSA, reported the 18-month prison term handed down to the former Juventus general manager was significantly less than the six-year terms prosecutors had sought for the 71-year-old.

Moggi, who was the alleged ringleader of the illicit operation, was less than thrilled with Thursday's verdict despite its lessened length.

I am bitter, I did nothing (wrong), said Moggi, who was accused of intimidating players to sign with the GEA World agency.

Moggi's son, Alessandro, also earned a lighter sentence regarding his involvement in the soccer scheme.

Prosecutors had wanted the younger Moggi, 33, to spend five years in jail, but the court gave him 14 months instead.

ANSA said the father-son pair will not spend any time in prison despite their sentences due to an amnesty approved in 2006, the same year the illegalities took place.