(Adds probability Moggi will not serve sentence)
ROME Jan 8 Former Juventus general manager
Luciano Moggi was sentenced to 18 months in prison after being
found guilty in the Gea World transfer corruption trial on
Agent Davide Lippi, son of Italy coach Marcello Lippi, was
acquitted along with three others following the long-running
Prosecutors had wanted Moggi, 71, to go to jail for six
years for using the Gea soccer management agency to manipulate
the Italian transfer market.
First jail terms in Italy do not start until an appeals
process is exhausted. Judicial sources said Moggi was also
unlikely to serve the sentence because of a 2006 pardon by the
His case began just before the controversial pardon which
freed thousands of convicted criminals from jail.
Moggi was accused of using threats and violence to make
players sign for the management agency and for specific clubs so
that his Juve side could prosper.
Moggi, already banned from football for five years for his
part in a 2006 Italian match-fixing affair, is facing a separate
criminal trial over that scandal as well as a probe into Juve's
finances during his tenure.
Moggi's son Alessandro, who ran Gea World, was given a
Juve were demoted to Italy's second division in 2006 and had
their 2005 and 2006 titles taken away when investigators ruled
that then general manager Moggi was trying to pick favourable
referees as part of the match-fixing scandal.
The Turin club are back in Serie A, lying second midway
through the season, and no longer have any connection with
A host of witnesses were called to give evidence at the Gea
trial last year, including Italy coach Lippi, Juve's French
striker David Trezeguet and England coach Fabio Capello.
Capello was accused by prosecutor Luca Palamara of
withholding information from the trial and an investigation was
launched into the former Juve boss.
(Writing by Mark Meadows, Editing by Clare Fallon)