We might say it is a never ending story. It must be clear that no one here wants to complain about the work of Italian magistrates. It remains unclear, however, the reason for such fierceness against a club like Juventus: it is true, those in power are more exposed to suspicion. That said, one thing are the headlines, the assumptions…different thing is a penal prosecution, with attached the cost to be borne by the State and working hours for magistrates who’d better deal with more important issues for the life of the country. Again, this is not a preventive criticism, it rather is an impartial observation that everyone could make retrospectively. We use the conditional because if the average citizen is not informed of the facts, the reality then is certainly twisted.
Cannavaro’s case. How can we forget the notorious video about the I.V. drip, filmed when the player was in Parma but broadcasted on TV (Rai) when, of course, the defender had already arrived in Turin? Well, even in that occasion Juventus was paradoxically forced to defend itself. Later on, still Cannavaro, by then one of the alleged drug-takers, was found positive after taking steroids to treat a wasp sting, something regularly denounced by the club doctors. The anti-doping court proposed a suspension for negligent behavior of the Juventus health staff, which immediately turned to the TAS [the international Court of Arbitration for Sport – ed] in Lausanne; the TAS, which approved the appeal, on September 3, 2010 acquitted the two doctors and obliged CONI to indemnify them(14).
Balance sheets. The lines of investigation are as many as two! We will see later how all the other big teams of the Italian league have circumvented the laws on accounting fraud, we will see that all of them took advantage of the so-called “decreto spalmadebiti” [“spread-debt decree”: a decree passed by the Berlusconi Government to save most of the Italian football clubs from bankrupt through the application of accounting tricks and irregularities. The decree was rejected by the EU Commission on Competition – ed]…and the only club to always break even has been Juve, without even having owner’s financial support but only thanks to the ability of the two managers Moggi and Giraudo. Here are the results:
– 24/11/2009: “Process for capital gains, the Triad was acquitted. Prosecutors had asked for three years imprisonment for Moggi and Giraudo, and two for Bettega who were judged “not guilty” because “the fact is without fundation”.(15)
– 14/09/2010: “Inquiry on tax violations. Cobolli Gigli and Blanc were acquitted. The case about the commissions for the agents was dismissed. Also for the Triad.”(16) Such activity is carried out systematically in the same way by all the professional clubs. But Juventus had to undergo even this process…
Lecce-Parma case. You might wonder what this has to do with Juve. Answer: it is an offence the “cupola” was charged with (by now we could ironically say that the fearful organization was formed only by Moggi, Giraudo, Bergamo and De Santis, with the latter participating on/off) relative to the attempt to avoid the relegation of Fiorentina (Here is an essential link). Besides:
Referee draws. While awaiting the depletion of this strand in the Court of Naples (there is a weekly parade of journalists and notaries who keeps certifying the correctness of the draws), there is already a sentence stating that the draw had taken place in the total compliance with the rules (19). In defiance of the “Gazzetta’s” headline of the 07/11/2009 “Here is how we rigged the draws”. By the way, the draws were public. Moggi used to know the name of the appointed officials only after the draw and before no one else…simply the police just paid particular “attention” exclusively to his mobiles! Indeed, they considered relevant only his phone calls.
The GEA trial. The charge is conspiracy for the Moggis, father and son, for Davide Lippi and for other people. In the first instance conspiracy has already been dropped and only the accusation for domestic violence is left (Moggis risk about 1 year imprisonment). The process is still ongoing, but in any case, the charge that rival clubs and newspapers would have desired has now been dropped, and there are only “personal” crimes left.
The trial in Naples. We’ll talk about it soon. It’s the most important current affair. It is the process concerning the charge of conspiracy to commit sport fraud. Giraudo, as we know, has chosen the abbreviated procedure (strategy? Work commitments?), but in the Appeal there will be many surprises… and reading these few lines you will be more informed than all our friends/enemies who support other teams and very often speak inappropriately.