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Former Juventus boss evades jail

Former Juventus football club director Luciano Moggi (image from 2006)
The corruption probe involving Luciano Moggi took several years

Former Juventus football club general manager Luciano Moggi has received an 18-month suspended sentence after being found guilty in a corruption trial.

Moggi was banned from football for five years in 2006, having been with Juventus for 12 years. He was one of Italian football's most powerful men.

His son, Alessandro, was also sentenced to 14 months in prison.

Juventus were stripped of league titles for 2005 and 2006 and relegated to the second division over the affair.

They have since returned to Italy's top league, Serie A.

Luciano Moggi, who denied any wrongdoing, allegedly influenced player moves involving the agency GEA, which was run by Alessandro Moggi.

Agent Davide Lippi, son of Italy coach Marcello Lippi, was acquitted, as was GEA's former chief executive, Francesco Zavaglia.

Sentences below two years are suspended in Italy, and Ansa news agency reported that Moggis would not serve any time in jail because the offences were committed before May 2006 when an amnesty was granted.

Luciano Moggi faces another trial on charges of sports fraud and criminal association, due to begin on 20 January in Naples.

His five-year ban was the result of a 2006 match-fixing affair.

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