MILAN - Juventus will consider asking for
both Serie A titles which were stripped in a match-fixing
scandal to be reinstated if two pending verdicts go their way,
president Andrea Agnelli said on Wednesday.
The Turin club lost the 2005 and 2006 scudettos, as well as
being demoted, after being found guilty by a sporting tribunal
four years ago of procuring favourable referees. The latter
title was handed to Inter Milan.
Juve say new evidence produced in a Naples criminal trial
linked to the scandal shows Inter were also involved in the
affair and have asked the Italian soccer federation to take away
the 2006 title from the European champions, who deny wrongdoing.
"We have requested the 2006 scudetto to be revoked (from
Inter) and we have had sufficient guarantees from the federation
that we will shortly have an answer, which we await with
confidence," Agnelli told Juve's annual general meeting.
"We also have the case in the Naples court. If the
correctness of the club's actions in the relevant years is
ascertained, we will be able to consider action aimed at
reassigning the titles."
Agnelli also hailed progress on Juve's new stadium, which is
on course to be ready for the start of next season but is still
without a sponsor, and welcomed former midfielder Pavel Nedved
onto the Serie A club's board.
Juve, who have launched an appeal against winger Milos
Krasic's two-match ban for diving, are spending big to try to
rediscover their former glory but Agnelli told shareholders the
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