- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MILAN (AP) - Former Juventus executive Luciano Moggi will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights to overturn his lifetime ban from soccer.

Moggi and others had prison sentences thrown out on Tuesday by Italy’s highest criminal court, which ruled the statute of limitations expired in the 9-year-old match-fixing scandal, known as Calciopoli.

Moggi and another former Juventus executive, Antonio Giraudo, were accused of creating a network of contacts with Italian football federation officials to influence refereeing assignments and arrange for key players in other teams to be booked ahead of matches with the Turin club.

Moggi avoided a 28-month jail term for criminal association, but remains banned for life from soccer.

“My battle continues,” said the 77-year-old Moggi, who has always denied wrongdoing. “I’m turning to the European Court of Human Rights to cancel also the sporting ban and return to the world of football.

“Two referees who were accused of sporting fraud were cleared. I couldn’t have committed sporting fraud and criminal association on my own. I have always shown my face because I don’t fear anyone.”

Former referees Paolo Bertini and Antonio Dattilo were acquitted, while former referee designator Pierluigi Pairetto and former Italian federation vice president Innocenzo Mazzini had their sentences eliminated.

Another former referee, Massimo De Santis, was the only one not to see his sentence wiped out. His appeal against his 10-month suspended sentence was rejected.

Juventus was stripped of the 2005 and 2006 Serie A titles for its role in the scandal, and the club was relegated to the second division with a nine-point penalty. The team immediately won promotion back to Serie A.

There were also point penalties for other clubs.

Moggi was sentenced to 5 years, 4 months in the initial ruling in the case but that was reduced on appeal, while Giraudo had his sentence cut from 36 months to 20.

In 2011, the Italian federation extended the five-year bans for Moggi and Giraudo to life terms.

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