Football: Capello Quits as Juve Risk Double Drop; WORLD CUP 2006
Byline: By Neil Cameron
A LEADING prosecutor in the Italian match-fixing trial yesterday demanded scandal-hit Juventus be stripped of their last two championship wins and relegated two divisions to Serie C.
And coach Fabio Capello quit the troubled Turin giants as it appeared there was no escape for Italian football's biggest names. Prosecutor Stefano Palazzi also asked the hearing to relegate AC Milan, Fiorentina and Lazio to Serie B.
Palazzi also demanded the four clubs be docked points for next season - six for Juve, three for Milan and 15 for Lazio and Fiorentina.
The clubs reacted furiously but it seems more likely than ever all four will be relegated and Juve stripped of their back-to-back Scuddetos.
Milan owner and former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi said: "I'm astonished and outraged.
"Milan have never had favours from referees - in fact, on the contrary, they have been victims of refereeing favours granted to other clubs."
Palazzi told the hearing he would prove managers of the clubs involved had been involved in a "malicious" sophisticated system aimed at influencing referees and match results.
He said: "There is no other possible interpretation for what has emerged from the investigation."
Along with the clubs, 25 officials, including many referees, face charges of match-fixing and disloyalty.
Last week Real Madrid's incoming president, Ramon Calderon, insisted Capello would be named as the Spanish club's new coach.
But as Juventus are seen by the prosecutors as chief culprits, critics reckon he jumped from a sinking ship, rather than simply seek a change. …