Moggi: ‘I contemplated suicide over Calciopoli’

Former Juventus director Luciano Moggi reveals he ‘even contemplated suicide’ after the Calciopoli scandal sent his club into Serie B.

Netflix have produced a new documentary on the scandal that hit Italian football in the summer of 2006, just before Italy won the World Cup.

Telephone wiretaps were used to suggest some clubs were trying to put pressure on the refereeing designator to assign certain officials to their games.

Despite assumptions still held to this day, nobody involved in the Calciopoli scandal was ever charged with, let alone found guilty of, match-fixing.

The key figure was Moggi, the director general of Juventus, formerly in charge of Napoli, who famously held sway over the Serie A scene.

The scandal marked the end of his career, although he now works as a writer and pundit.

“I was ashamed even to walk down the street and at that moment I contemplated many things, even suicide,” said Moggi in the documentary.

“It’s as if I was at the top of a tree and everyone below was taking aim, ready to take shots at me. The first 10 days were horrific.

“Television stations, radio and newspapers were constantly talking about ‘the scandal etc’, but I never took advantage of anyone or anything.

“Being portrayed as a thief was really painful. I felt really beaten down, like an entire house had crashed on top of me.”

At the end of the investigation and multiple appeals, Juventus were ultimately stripped of two Serie A titles and demoted to Serie B.

Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio, Reggina and Arezzo were also docked points and pushed down several spots in the table, but match-fixing was never one of the charges for any of these clubs or individuals.

Initially, before the appeals, Fiorentina and Lazio had also been demoted to Serie B, while Milan were docked 44 points in the 2005-06 campaign and ordered to start the next season from -15.

This is not something that Moggi is ready to simply ignore.

“If no games were found to have been fixed or altered, if all the referees under investigation were cleared, then what damage did this ultimately do to football?”