Capello faces investigation

Reports suggest Fabio Capello is being investigated for alleged perjury.

    The fallout of the match-fixing scandal
    continues for Fabio Capello [GALLO/GETTY] 
    Italian media are reporting that England coach Fabio Capello and former Juventus chief executive Antonio Giraudo are being investigated for alleged perjury.

    The move by Rome prosecutors comes after Capello and Giraudo testified in March at the corruption trial of the Gea World player agency, which was run by the son of Luciano Moggi, the former Juventus general manager who was at the heart of the Italian match-fixing scandal.

    "We haven't heard or been informed of anything, but that's normal,'' Capello's son and manager, Pierfilippo Capello said.

    "There is nothing new from when we first heard about this two months ago. We'll take action and offer an explanation when it is necessary.''

    Court officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

    Prosecutor Luca Palamara said after Capello's testimony in March that he intended to open proceedings against Capello and Giraudo.

    Formalised

    Capello's spokesman, Andrea Agostini, said Wednesday that "the court simply formalised the procedure.''

    Capello coached Juventus from 2004-06 and, according to the text of his testimony, repeatedly said he didn't remember nor know of any details of the scandal.

    Palamara said then that Capello could not hide "behind the 'I don't remember' line.''

    Capello resigned from Juventus in 2006 and the club's two titles won during his time were revoked.

    While Capello was not charged before a sports court for direct involvement in the scandal, Giraudo was banned from football for five years.

    Juventus was relegated to the second division for its role in the scandal.

    "I never knew of pressure on players or cases related to contracts with players. At Roma, and then at Juventus when I was coach, I was only concerned with coaching choices,'' Capello told the court in March.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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