Court rejects appeal by former Juventus executives

August 22, 2006

ROME -- Appeals by former Juventus executives Luciano Moggi and Antonio Giraudo in Italy's match-fixing scandal were rejected Tuesday by an administrative court.

Moggi, Juventus' former general manager, and Giraudo, the club's former chief executive, each received five-year bans from soccer under sentences handed down by a sports court last month.

Juventus was stripped of its last two Serie A titles and relegated to the second division with a 17-point penalty.

Juventus has also appealed to the Tar of Lazio, the administrative court. Its case is scheduled to be heard Sept. 6.

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