Juventus liftinh the 2004-2005 Serie A title

Calciopoli: Scandal that changed Italian League Forever

Clubs Welcome Newbies

Calciopoli is a term associated with the match fixing scandal of 2004- 2005 Serie A season.

Logos of the all the teams involved in Calciopoli
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1.What is Calciopoli?

To understand Calciopoli , one must be familiar with certain terms and names.

  • FIGC – FIGC is commonly known as the Italian football federation. And is known for the governing body of football.
  • TIM – TIM is an Italian telecommunication provider company. And is the title sponsor of Italian league ‘Serie A’.
  • Referee Designator – It is a refereeing governing body in the league. They deploy referees for matches in the campaign.

Juventus had won their 29th Serie A title in May 2006. However, the celebrations was short lived. A local newspaper in Italy printed transcript of suspicious extra friendly telephonic talking of Juventus General Director Moggi with Refereeing Designator Head Pierluigi Pairetto.

The news attracted many readers and became a talking point among the media. During this time, FIGC confirmed that they have received the audio tapes. TIM had recorded the tapes, who also happens to be the title sponsor of the league.

FIGC after investigation concluded that Juventus have been found guilty. They were guilty of influencing and buying the referees as per their liking in 2004-2005 season. Hence, Juventus were stripped of their 2004-2005 title and the title wasn’t given to any club. While for the then current 2005-2006 season, Inter Milan were handed the title.

The investigation also reveled that the FIGC received audio tapes of 4 more teams- Milan, Lazio, Florentina and Reggina. However these four teams weren’t involved much in the events

2. Points Table

3. Punishment

Logo of Juventus

1. Juventus

Team Relegation PunishmentPoints Deduction(2006-2007 season)Other Punishment
Juventus Relegated to Serie BStarted their Serie B season with
(-9) Points
Stripped of 2004-2005, 2005-2006

Out of Champions league 2006-
2007 season

Logo of A.C Milan

2. A.C Milan

TeamRelegation PunishmentPoints Deduction(2006-2007 season)Other Punishment
MilanDidn’t get relegatedStarted their Serie A season with (-8) points30 points were deducted from their points Talley in 2005-2006 season.

Had to play 1 home game without fans

Logo of Lazio

3. Lazio

TeamRelegation PunishmentPoints Deduction(2006-2007 season)Other Punishment
LazioDidn’t get relegatedStarted their Serie A season with (-3) pointsOut of UEFA Cup for 2006-2007 season

Had to play 2 home game without fans

Logo of Florentina

4. Florentina

TeamRelegation PunishmentPoints Deduction(2006-2007 season)Other Punishment
LazioDidn’t get relegatedStarted their Serie A season with (-15) pointsOut of Champions league for 2006-2007 season

Had to play 2 home game without

Logo of Reggina

5. Reggina

TeamRelegation PunishmentPoints Deduction(2006-2007 season)Other Punishment
RegginaDidn’t get relegatedNo points deducted100,000 Euro fine

Club president fined and banned for 2.5 years

4. Role of Inter Milan in Calciopoli ?

Logo of Inter  Milan

Juventus was the only team who appeal against their verdict, The Old Lady’s accused Director Moggi revealed that Calciopoli did happen. But on the other hand, why did Inter Milan get a clean chit and were not punished?

Later Moggi’s arguments were proved. And Inter Milan’s involvement in the scandal came forward.

The conspiracy

Inter Milan played a very crucial part in the happening of the scandal. Milan and Juventus ruled the 90’s era and even the early 2000’s. However, Inter last won the league 17 years ago in 1988. Therefore, Inter created the scandal to remove their rivals and here’s how.

There’s no doubt that Calciopoli took place and teams like Juventus, Milan did buy the referees. But its also a proven fact that Inter Milan’s President Massimo Morrati talked to the referring designator and fielded bribed referees for their matches. The tapes of Inter Milan were not published in the press. Moreover, were never leaked by TIM and FIGC .

With the media pressure mounting on the FIGC. Their President quit his post. Guido Rossi stepped in to take in charge of the board and the then current investigation. Rossi happened to be Inter Milan’s Vice president .

Imagine a rival team’s Vice President investigating a case against ones team. Rossi immediately declared punishments for the rival clubs. And 2005-2006 season title was given to Inter. Inter won after a gap of 17 years and thus went on to win 5 consecutive league titles there after .

Soon after delivering his verdict against the guilty clubs, Rossi resigned from the post of President. He then went on to become President of TIM, the telecom title sponsor company who exposed the whole scandal. Inter’s move was well set to safely secure those audio tapes.

5. Current Scenario

In 2010, tapes of Inter were released. All due to Moggi’s effort. The then FIGC head confirmed Inter’s involvement but did not revoked their 2005-2006 title .Listening to the verdict, the then Juventus Director filed a case in arbitration court. The case is still pending in the court waiting for a verdict.

In conclusion, Calciopoli doesn’t raise much eyebrows however Inter not getting punished is what does. The scandal left a big dent on the league from which they still haven’t been able to recover from. Serie A’s reputation, fans and big players went away from Italy and thus the
scandal changed the Italian football forever.

Scandals in football kills the spirit of the game. Following the scandal the image of Italian league got ruined.

It was not the only scandal that happened in football, but certainly the biggest in recent times. These scandals overshadows the efforts of fair play by other teams.

It was a dark phase for Italian league and fans. big players also left the league. The league also saw a decline in its view.

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