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Sentence of former Juve executive Luciano Moggi in 2006 fixing scandal reduced to 28 months
NAPLES, Italy - Former Juventus executive Luciano Moggi has had his jail sentence in the 2006 Italian match-fixing scandal reduced to 28 months on appeal.
Moggi was sentenced to 5 years and 4 months in the initial ruling in the case.
The reduction came because the statute of limitations for one of the charges — sports fraud — expired.
Former referee designator Pierluigi Pairetto and former Italian football federation vice-president Innocenzo Mazzini were each sentenced to two years, while former referees Massimo De Santis and Paolo Bertini got 12 and 10 months, respectively.
A judge in Naples ordered a retrial for Paolo Bergamo, another former referee designator.
Fiorentina owners Andrea and Diego Della Valle and Lazio president Claudio Lotito were among those cleared.
Moggi and the others have not started serving their sentences yet, and likely won't until the appeals process is finished.
Moggi's lawyer Maurilio Prioreschi said they would file another appeal to the Court of Cassation, Italy's top criminal court and the final level of justice.
Antonio Giraudo, another former Juventus executive, had his sentence reduced a year ago from 36 to 20 months in a fast-track appeal.
At the heart of the scandal, known as Calciopoli, were allegations that Moggi and Giraudo created a network of contacts with Italian football federation officials to influence refereeing assignments and arrange for key players in other teams to be booked ahead of matches with the Turin club.
In 2011, the Italian football federation extended the five-year bans from the sport for Moggi and Giraudo to life terms. Both men deny wrongdoing.
Juventus was stripped of the 2005 and 2006 Serie A titles for its role in the scandal, and the club was relegated to Serie B for a season.
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