Luciano Moggi

Former Juventus chief Luciano Moggi has opened up on the match-fixing scandal that shook Italian football 15 years ago, revealing that he contemplated taking his own life in the aftermath.

Moggi and fellow former Juve executive Antonio Giraudo were found guilty of procuring favourable referees with the Serie A giants’ 2005 and 2006 league titles taken away and relegated to the second tier as punishments.

The impropriety, known as Calciopoli, sent shockwaves through football in Italy and now Moggi has shed light on the repercussions for him in the wake of it all.

‘I thought about suicide in the first days after the Calciopoli news. Only faith in God saved me,’ he reveals in the new upcoming Netflix documentary Bad Sport.

‘I had become everyone’s target. The system did not exist, but only I had to pay.’

Moggi is the protagonist in one of the episodes of the series, which reveals the dark side of one of the most powerful men in Italy between the 1990s and the 2000s.

‘I was no longer serene and I was also ashamed to walk the streets and at that moment I thought about many things, including suicide,’ he adds.

‘Yes, in the first days after the news and the great media hype I thought about suicide to put an end to everything.

‘Then, thanks to faith in God, I found immense strength and continued to this day with a lot of commitment.’

Moggi had never revealed it until today but at the age of 84 he decided to open up to tell the torments of his involvement.

The most shocking moment of the Netflix documentary retraces the history of Calciopoli.

Moggi recalls the hardest days when the scandal broke out and he and his family found themselves under the media microscope.

Moggi was banned from football for five years after the first part of the probe for leading attempts to secure compliant referees for some teams’ games.

Neither Moggi or Giraudo served prison sentences but they were eventually suspended from football for life.


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