Pier Luigi Collina; Say it isn’t so!
In 2006, Juventus were demoted to Serie B after match fixing scandals rocked the Italian league. The beneficiaries were Inter, who were awarded the Scudetto.
The Calciopoli scandal’s ramifications are still being investigated.
Now, in a new twist, it appears Luciano “Lucky” Moggi, former GM of Juve and the main player in Calciopoli is providing phone tap evidence that purportedly show Inter as part of the scandal, gaming the matches by selecting specific referees who would award favourable decisions.
The FIGC has opened up an investigation into the new charges.
One of the referees mentioned is Pier Luigi Collina. If that is so, this is a big blow because the Italian referee is considered a legend when it comes to fair officiating.
It also implicates the late Giacinto Facchetti, Inter’s president till the time of his death, as the person who originated the call requesting Collina’s selection. That too will be a blow as Facchetti played as clean a game as any in the history of the sport. He was reputed to have been sent off only once in his long and illustrious playing career that spanned 20 years and over 600 games.