Moggi: I thought of suicide after Calciopoli – the scandal that toppled Juventus, but nothing was ever proven


Former Juventus director Luciano Moggi has said he considered suicide after the Calciopoli scandal that sent the Bianconeri to Serie B.

Netflix has produced a new documentary about the scandal that hit Italian football in 2006, shortly before Italy won the then World Cup.

Telephone tapping was used to suggest that some clubs had tried to put pressure on the referees’ planning to engage certain names in directing their matches.

Despite the allegations, no one involved in the Calciopoli scandal was ever charged, let alone found guilty of match-fixing.

The main figure was Moggi, the general manager of Juventus. The scandal marked the end of his career, although he now works as a writer and sports analyst.

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“I was ashamed to take to the streets and at that time I thought of many things, even suicide. It was as if I was climbing a tree and everyone from below was pointing at me, ready to shoot me. “The first ten days were terrible.”

“Televisions, radio stations and newspapers were constantly talking about the scandal and others, but I never benefited from anyone or anything. Being labeled a thief was really painful. “I felt humiliated, as if an entire house had fallen on me,” Moggi said in the documentary.

At the end of numerous investigations and complaints, Juventus were stripped of two Serie A titles and relegated to Serie B. Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio, Regginas and Arezzo were also stripped of points, but there were no match-fixing charges from western clubs nor to individuals.

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“If no game was found to have been rigged or changed, if all the referees under investigation were cleared, then what harm did this ultimately do to football?” Moggi asked.

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