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Match fixing lands ex-Juventus exec in prison

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NAPLES, Italy -- Former Juventus executive Luciano Moggi was sentenced to five years and four months in prison by a Naples court Tuesday for his role in the 2006 Italian match-fixing scandal.

Prosecutors were seeking a sentence of five years and eight months for Moggi on charges of criminal association aimed at committing sports fraud.

Another former Juventus executive, Antonio Giraudo, had already received a three-year sentence and appealed.

The scandal -- the biggest corruption case in the history of Italian football -- left Juventus stripped of the 2005 and 2006 Serie A titles and relegated to Serie B by a sports court.

In other sentences handed out by the Naples court, former referee selector Paolo Bergamo was given three years and eight months and colleague Pierluigi Pairetto was handed 16 months.

Former Italian football federation vice-president Innocenzo Mazzini was sentenced to 26 months and former referee Massimo De Santis was given 23 months.

Fiorentina owners Andrea and Diego Della Valle and Lazio president Claudio Lotito received 15-month sentences for lesser charges, and former AC Milan executive Leonardo Meani was given a one-year sentence.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 9, 2011 C6

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