Tue, May 16th 2006

James Richardson in Guardian Football:

Moggi has had to resign at Juve and is facing charges ranging from intimidation to kidnapping and criminal conspiracy. Juventus meanwhile stand accused of sporting fraud, as beneficiaries of what police have dubbed the “Moggi System”. This consists of assigning friendly referees for Juve games, finding unfriendly ones for their rivals, and making sure future opponents were “softened up” with judicious use of the red card.

...Depending on the outcome of the investigations, Juventus, Lazio, Fiorentina and possibly even Milan could be penalised or relegated…

...the chances of the various investigations being settled by August are slimmer than Nicole Ritchie, what with the likely appeals and such. How next season can begin on schedule (on August 27) is anyone’s guess, as we likely still won’t know by then who should be in it.



The Italian Football Federation has been placed under administration in a response to the match-fixing scandal that has stunned the country.

Four teams, including champions Juventus, are under investigation for match-fixing and illegal betting.


AC Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina are also under investigation.

Related: Juventus face relegation from Serie A, Entire Juventus board resigns


Mon, May 15th 2006

Juventus, who along with AC Milan, Fiorentina and Lazio are being investigated for suspected match-fixing, could be relegated from Serie A if found guilty.

From: Yahoo



Thu, May 11th 2006

The entire Juventus board has resigned after days of press revelations over embarrassing telephone interceptions involving its top management.

Italy’s Football Federation is probing Juve general manager Luciano Moggi over allegations of collusion in appointing referees for Juventus games

From: BBC



Mon, May 8th 2006

Two uncapped players in England World Cup squad

Only 2 fit strikers picked

Uncapped youngsters Aaron Lennon and Theo Walcott are in Eriksson’s provisional World Cup squad. No places for Defoe, Bent or Wright-Phillips.


Fri, April 21st 2006

The FA’s predicament

Not who to choose, but when to choose

If current media reports are to be believed, the English FA are currently wrapping up its interviews for Eriksson’s successor as England coach.

There were good reasons for England to announce earlier in the year that Sven would be leaving his post after this summer’s World Cup, but the affair of naming his replacement has dragged on to the extent that it has led to a new problems.


Fri, April 7th 2006

England manager front-runner and Newcastle Utd target Martin O’Neill is not qualified for Newcastle job, but he is for England.

FA Premier League rules state that should Martin O’Neill be offered the Newcastle Utd job he would be required to complete a Uefa pro licence course. The England post, however, requires no such qualification

FA Premier League rules require all managers taking jobs in the top division to hold the Uefa pro licence but those already occupying such posts have until 2010. If they fail to obtain the licence within four years they will be dismissed but would then, theoretically, be free to manage England, as that position requires no qualifications.

From: Guardian



Thu, April 6th 2006

The England shortlist whittled to “three or four” - believed to be taken from Martin O’Neill, Sam Allardyce, Alan Curbishley and Steve McClaren.

Steve McClaren is reportedly emerging as the favourite.


Fri, March 31st 2006

New Wembley not ready this year

Builders Multiplex set to contest £120,000 a day fine

New delays will mean that England will not play at the new £757million Wembley stadium until 2007.

The project will now be handed over more than a year late. The Australian construction company Multiplex have a clause in their contract that they will be fined £120,000 a day for late completion, but they seem likely to contest this, complaining that changes in specifications have led to some of the problems.

The Wembley delay will force 2 Euro 2008 qualifiers against Andorra and Macedonia in September and October to be played probably at Old Trafford.

The next scheduled fixture at Wembley is Israel in September 2007, but it seems likely that the FA will arrange friendlies prior to that date.

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The Football Association’s campaign to have diving punished retrospectively seems doomed.

The main problem in punishing simulation - attempting to deceive the referee - is that it comes under unsporting behaviour and is therefore punishable by a yellow card.

Fifa sources indicated yesterday they would change regulations only if the majority of the 203 national associations report similar problems [as the English FA].

From: The Telegraph



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