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UPDATED: 13:08, May 12, 2006
Juventus board resigns over wiretapping scandal
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The entire Juventus board resigned Thursday amid allegations of a scandal involving club officials.

Managing director Antonio Giraudo and general director Luciano Moggi were among those who resigned as Italian media published revelations about wiretapping alleging collusion in the appointment of referees for Juventus games.

The club said it will hold a shareholders assembly on June 29 to replace its board, whose term is expiring.

The club made no mention of any plans to replace Moggi, who is under investigation in Rome and Naples for allegedly trying to influence the choice of referees.

Last week, UEFA and Italian league officials said they had opened inquiries into allegations that Moggi had arranged to have certain referees assigned to his team's games.

UEFA also said it had verbally reprimanded Italian refereeing official Pierluigi Pairetto for disclosing confidential information. According to the transcripts of the phone calls -- provided by Turin prosecutors -- Pairetto disclosed the names of referees to Moggi.

The Italian soccer federation, whose president Franco Carraro resigned earlier this week following initial reports of the scandal, is investigating the case.

Thursday's resignations came three days before the final day of the season, with Juventus going for its second straight league title and 29th overall. The Turin team needs a draw against Reggina to win the title.

Juventus, one of the most successful and popular Italian soccer clubs, is owned by the Agnelli family of auto tycoons.

Source: Xinhua

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