Tuesday September 27 2011
Calciopoli trial details phone calls

The criminal trial looking into the 2006 Calciopoli scandal is hearing a series of phone calls alleged to have taken place in the run-up to a Juve-Inter match.

The latest phone call set to be played in court, relating to the criminal investigation that alleges influence of refereeing selection and officiating standards, is reportedly between former referee designator Paolo Bergamo and former referee Pasquale Rodomonti.

Their conversation is alleged to have taken place on November 28, 2004, just three hours before Inter played host to Juventus, a game Rodomonti was assigned as referee.

It is claimed in court that this phone call was a direct result of an earlier phone conversation between Bergamo and then-FIGC President Franco Carraro.

In that earlier communication, it is alleged that where Carraro expressed that the 15-point gap between the two teams was not important in the Week 29 fixture, that it was important that there were 'no controversies' from the match, in light of Lega Calcio Presidential elections due to take place the following day.

The court is set to hear this week the resulting phone call between Bergamo and the game's referee Rodomonti.

A transcript of that alleged phone call has already been published and in it Bergamo suggests to Rodomonti that: "if in doubt, think of those who are further behind," in reference to Inter.

Carraro is alleged to have asked Bergamo in previous recorded phone calls to help Lazio avoid being relegated.