Luciano Moggi insists his Calciopoli fight “is not over” and joked Inter didn’t win “because they were incapable idiots.”
This week the civil trial into the 2006 scandal ran out of time, so those involved were either cleared or their cases fell beyond the statute of limitations.
“At the end of the day, I was banned from football because I locked referee Gianluca Paparesta in the toilet in Reggio Calabria,” ex-Juventus director general Moggi told Radio 24 and La Repubblica newspaper.
“Yet the prosecutor in the Cassation trial said I did not lock him in there. That’s what the sporting justice system punished me for. I might’ve threatened him with libel, but Paparesta never accused me.
“The truth is that Paparesta was afraid of what he had done, as he made us lose the game with Reggina with his mistake.”
The trial declared Moggi was not cleared, but could not be penalised because the incidents had gone beyond the statute of limitations.
“I feel innocent and indeed was not declared guilty. In nine years they have been totally unable to find proof of me colluding with a referee or anyone else. It’s ridiculous. The justice system took too long, it wasn’t us.
“Calciopoli isn’t over and it won’t be over until they cancel my ban from football. I will demand money for all I’ve lost over these years. I’ll take this to the European Court.”
Moggi blasted Inter, who received the 2005-06 Scudetto that was revoked from Juventus and claimed there was a ‘plot’ to pick referees for certain games.
“Inter didn’t win because they were incapable idiots. I wasn’t the one who bought Vampeta, Taribo West and Hakan Sukur.”
Moggi picked apart the vast differences between the Calciopoli cases in the sporting justice system in the summer of 2006 and all the following civil court findings.
“They said we had an exclusive rapport with the refereeing designators, then even Massimo Moratti admitted that wasn’t true, as Inter spoke to them too.
“They said my visits to the referees locker room were ‘breaking in,’ then admitted the rules allowed me to go there. I did get angry, but that’s another issue, and Paparesta never actually accused me of threatening him.
“They were unable to prove any favours towards Juve, so tried to attack me via personal interests and my rapport with the Gea World agency. I was cleared in that trial.
“The accusation of some vast conspiracy is laughable. Aside from Massimo De Santis, who was punished for a game that didn’t involve Juventus, all the referees were cleared. So who was I fixing the League with, exactly? It’s ridiculous.
“The truth is the statute of limitations let the courts off the hook, not me. I don’t trust these people. I have a sentence in which a judge confirms in his ruling that the investigators manipulated recorded phone calls.”
Moggi accuses then-FIGC President Franco Carraro of being the real head of a ‘cupola’ – a Mafia term for a group of conspirators.
“Carraro was heard in phone calls telling a refereeing designator ‘We must save Lazio and it would be a shame if Fiorentina were relegated,’ then what are we talking about? It’s obvious Moggi couldn’t care less what happened to Fiorentina.
“In November 2004, the day they picked the officials for Inter-Juventus, Carraro called (designator Paolo) Bergamo to find out the referee was Rodomonti. ‘Tell Rodomonti not to do Juventus any favours.’
“Bergamo did call Rodomonti, but waited until two hours before the game. ‘This call remains between us, as it’s easier to go down than to climb up.’
“I can recount hundreds of these conversations that were intercepted. I always thought something was wrong there, with Carraro, Petrucci and Abete. When I read the transcripts, I got a clearer idea.
“Do you know the ultimate truth about Calciopoli? Gianni and Umberto Agnelli had died. If they were still around, none of this would’ve happened.”