By Walter Broeckx
I hope you have read part 1 and if not please do. You can find it here.
Now Moggi and his accomplices Pairetto and Bergamo had a lot of power over the referees. It is said that they could make or brake a ref. One example is Gianluca Paparesta. He was under a heavy attack by Moggi after he made a few mistakes against Juventus in a game in November 2004. He then was heavily criticised by Moggi and some even say that he was locked in by Moggi at the time. The ref claimed he wasn’t locked up. But this could be that he said this to avoid being called an accomplice. But what as noticeable was that after that he did do a few games involving Juve and Juventus never lost a game since that day.
Of course it could have been a coincidence. As we all know football is full of coincidences. But what is remarkable is that the judge gave him a 3 month ban. After that ban this ref stopped refereeing. He claimed that he was innocent. As he was banned we can assume there was something wrong.
And to underline this I will show you a statistic we have used before on Untold. The win % of a ref with a certain team. So I now will show you the statistics of this ref before and after that game in November 2004.
|Before 2004||Total Games||Win||Draw||Lost|
So it is clear to see that there is a really big difference between the two. After that lost game in 2004 Juventus never lost another game when Paparesta was around. And even more their win % shot up from already a high win % to an amazingly high win %.
I know that when I did the same for the PL refs I got criticised for doing it and told that it all meant nothing. Of course it also could work the other way round. That when a ref first has a win % of dazzling heights and then suddenly the same team cannot win another game with that ref, this could point to the same effect. Because remember that Calciopoli was not just about sending the desired ref to games of Juventus but also sending the “bad ref” to games of their closest rivals!
And if we then look at how many times the PGMOL sends out Dean, the Arsenal bogy ref in the last seasons… we might just be looking at the hidden aspect of Calciopoli. The aspect of sending the “bad ref” to your opponents so they drop points.
So once again I ask you to give it some thought. Could there be something happening similar to that in Italy where they send the “bad refs” to their rivals in order to benefit themselves? Of course it could be coincidence?
To continue about the Italian part of Calciopoli I also want to mention that Moggi of Juventus also used in influence in the politics of the Italian Football Federation. You know putting the right person in the right job. All very handy of course. Always useful to have people who you can ask favours when needed.
Moggi also tried to influence players to use a certain agent. By using that agent their football career would flourish and their chances of making it in to the Italian national team would rise. And he also had friends in the real political world in Italy. The Minister of Internal Affairs and the Minister of Economy were close friends. Always very useful to have high placed friends.
Like when after the death of Pope John Paul II the Italian government wanted to stop the league and let the games be played on another day. The Minister gave Juventus permission to play at that moment against a weakened Fiorentina. This was in return for Moggi arranging “good refs” for the games of the local team of the Minister.
Moggi also tried to be good friends with high police officers. Giving them free tickets for games. Always handy you know.
But also Moggi made sure that he had important and influential journalists on his side. And the task of those journalists was to make sure that they would try to cover up as much as possibly can.
I have seen the remark asking me, “how does it come that the media don’t pick on our findings?” I have seen the remark a few times before to be honest. So if we look at how it went in Italy we see that the media or better said important members of the media gladly co-operated on covering things up.
I now will bring up another name. The name of Aldo Biscardi. He was the very popular presenter of the football show on the Italian TV company that had the broadcast rights. This Biscardi, in exchange for benefits granted to him, talked with Moggi about what they would show in the program and what they would not show.
I will now use transcripts to give an example of those things.
A bit of a messy conversation between Moggi and Aldo Biscardi. The talk includes the expensive watch that Moggi gave to Biscardi.
• Biscardi: Hello?
• Moggi: I would like to speak with Biscardi
• Biscardi: That’s me.
• Moggi: I’m Luciano Moggi.
• Biscardi: Whoa Lucia ‘!
• Moggi: Yesterday I saw our friend from Trieste called … Fabio Baldas (former appointer of referees and commentator (pundit) for Il Processo the show from Biscardi). I gave him a good scolding, but it was not necessary. He is not guilty. (…) But if he does not come then I have no one else, why do we have to sell the championship?
• Biscardi: No, you sell nothing, maybe you have done that last year, you have 40 million Lire to give too me, you bet with me and you’ve lost …
• Moggi: Aldo, but I … that watch is already the insurance, what do you want me to tell you?
• Biscardi: And where is that?
• Moggi: And you know that if I tell you …
• Biscardi: And I do not know. You never sent me.
• Moggi: Man, get lost anyway, I have given you one, it cost 40 million!
So you see that Moggi gave a 40 million Lire watch to this match commentator.
A few lines from another conversation between the two, held in December 2004 after the broadcast. It’s about Aldo Grasso, a critical journalist who was a guest at Biscardi in the studio.
• Moggi: And what else, Aldo Grasso can go to hell.
• Biscardi: Indeed, what a jerk.
• Moggi: But could you please get him out of the show?
• Biscardi: I will never invite him again, you can be sure about that!
So you see that Moggi instructs Biscardi to not invite critical persons again to his football show.
The next name is already mentioned in the phone calls. It is pundit Fabio Baldas. A former referee who turned in to a pundit in the show from Biscardi.
Moggi talking to football commentator Baldas
• Baldas: How are you? Good?
• Moggi: Good.
• Baldas: Listen Luciano, today we do not have much … there is only Rodomonti (that weekend referee at Cagliari-Milan) … is it okay if we make him look bad at the show? If you agree, of course …
• Moggi: Oh, of course.
• Baldas: What else? What else? There is of course also Siena- Fiorentina.
• Moggi: Was there a penalty then?
• Baldas: Hell there surely was a penalty! … Rosetti whistled there. You know him well … but if we show him what we do then?
• Moggi: No, no, leave him alone … let’s leave that match like that.
• Baldas: OK … If I need a favour you help me?
• Moggi: No problem.
• Baldas: Call you soon?
• Moggi: Yep, fast.
• Baldas: Good day.
Again the same two people (January 17, 2005).
• Baldas: Trezeguets goal was from an offside position.
• Moggi: The referee must remain absolutely clean!
• Baldas: Whatever you want … but well, I want to say, since we show it as it happened, the viewers will see it … it is 50 cm offside!
• Moggi: Then cut some of those 50 cm off, it should be 20!
So from these conversations it is clear that Moggi not only decided which ref would do which games with a little help from is accomplices but he also gave direct instructions and bribed the people who presented and acted as pundits in the football programs on TV. How convenient.
And then I come back to the football shows in England. And well from what I see I sometimes wonder: why don’t they show that incident? Or why do they focus on this offside goal but don’t mention the offside goal that was scored by the other team.
So from now on if someone asks: why doesn’t the media bring such things above water? You could remember the way the Italian cheaters acted. Not only using the persons in the Football Federation but also using the persons in the referee world who appoint refs but also using the media to decide what to show and what not to show. And to pay them or bribe them as it then should be called. Moggi was in touch with the persons who decided what to show or what not to show. To decide on what to focus and on what not to focus.
Do you smell the gutter? I do.
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