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Capello to face trial over false testimony

SoccerNews in English Premier League, Serie A 7 May 2008


England coach Fabio Capello will be tried for false testimony and obstructing the course of justice by Rome judicial authorities, Italian news agency Ansa reported on Wednesday.

Capello and the general manager of Juventus Antonio Giraudo have been charged following testimonies they gave to the court back in March.

The former Juventus, AC Milan and Real Madrid coach is accused of wrong-doing in relation to the activities of Gea World, a sports agency which represented several footballers, and their dealings with Juventus during the England boss's spell at the helm of the Italian giants.

On March 31 Capello was questioned in relation to the match-fixing scandal that saw Juventus relegated to Serie B for the 2006/07 season, alongside ex-Juve directors Luciano Moggi and Giraudo but all three repeatedly answered: “I can't remember.”

That led prosecutor Luca Palamara to warn that they risked being charged with reticence, which effectively amounts to obstructing the course of justice, and possibly false testimony, or perjury. And that has now happened.

Capello is accused of being involved with dodgy transfer dealings involving Gea World, which was run by Moggi's son Alessandro and is accused of using threats of violence to foster unfair competition.

Juventus are suspected of manipulating their accounts with over-inflated transfer dealings for unnecessary players and staff.


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