Court rules Juventus' Luciano Moggi to blame for Calciopoli scandal

Italy's Court of Cassation has declared that Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi was at the centre of the 2006 Calciopoli scandal.

Moggi was initially sentenced to five years and four months in prison, reduced to two years and four months on appeal and then cancelled completely in March when the charges were dropped -- even though he was not acquitted.

On Wednesday, the Court of Cassation -- Italy's highest court -- delivered its findings and ruled that Moggi was guilty of "guiding a significantly structured association widely diffused across the whole territory with every single person involved fully aware [of what was going on]," branding him the "initiator of an illicit system influencing matches in the 2004-05 season (and not only this one)."

Gazzetta dello Sport reported that the court had no doubts that Moggi used his influence and contacts to manipulate games in favour of Juve, who were scrapped of their 2005 and 2006 titles and relegated to Serie B as a result.

Furthermore, Moggi exerted "an extraordinary amount of power also in the fields of journalism and television" which enabled him to get away with his "fraudulent activity in favour of the club he belonged to."

Moggi will not spend any time behind bars, but he will nevertheless be deemed guilty for one of the biggest scandals in world football.

In spite of this, Juve continue to insist that they have won 33 Serie A titles as opposed to the official number of 31, claiming that the two which were taken away from them should remain theirs.

The Bianconeri are still considering suing the Italian Football Association (FIGC) for damages and estimate their losses -- material and moral -- to be in the region of €443 million. This ruling may now render such an appeal futile, considering it has ultimately ruled that Moggi was guilty of manipulating the league to earn Juve the title.