Friday 15 December 2017

Juve got it all wrong about fix: Del Piero

Longtime Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero testified at the trial into the Italian match-fixing scandal yesterday that the Turin club won its Serie A titles deservedly.

"Whichever squad won the title deserved to, Juve like any other," Del Piero said.

Juventus were stripped of the 2004-05 and 2005-06 Serie A titles by a sports court four years ago for influencing referees and the outcome of matches.

The 2004-05 title remained unassigned but Inter Milan were awarded the 2005-06 crown.

However, newly released phone taps allegedly show Inter also attempted to pressure referees, and the Italian football federation has opened a new inquiry into the matter.

The scandal was the biggest corruption case in the history of Italian football.

Besides Juventus, three other top clubs -- AC Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina -- were penalised, as were Reggina and Arezzo.

The key defendant in the trial is former Juventus executive Luciano Moggi, who is facing charges of criminal association aimed at committing sports fraud.

Another former Juventus executive, Antonio Giraudo, has already received a three-year sentence from the Naples court.

Man struck by golf ball dies

Authorities say a man who was hit on the head with a golf ball at a Southern California country club has died.

The San Bernardino County coroner's office said on Sunday that 69-year-old Hiroshi Tango died at a hospital on Saturday.

On October 7, Tango was playing golf at Los Serranos Country Club in Chino when he was hit on the head by a ball.

The coroner says he complained of head and neck pain after he was hit and he was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he "succumbed to his injuries" on Saturday, nine days after he was struck by the stray ball.

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