Chelsea boss Ancelotti testifies at Moggi trial

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has testified in the trial of former Juventus sports director Luciano Moggi.

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has testified in the trial of former Juventus sports director Luciano Moggi.

was in Naples today for the civil trial of ex-Juventus director general Moggi, whose defence is eager to ‘prove’ that he was no more guilty than any of the other big clubs in trying to manipulate officials during the so-called Calciopoli era.

“In 2004-05 I got the feeling something was penalising Milan,” said Ancelotti. His side finished second that year behind Juventus, a Scudetto that was stripped from the Turin giants in the first Calciopoli trial of 2006.

“In our 2-1 defeat at Siena, referee Pierluigi Collina disallowed an Andriy Shevchenko goal based on a non-existent offside position.

“I was absolutely amazed at linesman Duccio Baglioni’s flag and considered it a pre-meditated decision to damage Milan,” alleged Ancelotti.

“During the journey back I discussed with director Leonardo Meani how we had been unfairly treated.

“There was also a strange booking for Paolo Maldini in Lecce-Milan and some odd incidents like a couple of penalties we were not awarded. We felt defrauded in that season.

“I was also unhappy with referee Paolo Bertini after a game with Juventus in 2004. I like to keep a low profile on these things, so I said he’d had a good performance, but I thought very differently. There were some big mistakes.”

Ancelotti has also worked for Juventus during the Moggi era and therefore saw the rapport with referee Massimo De Santis at close quarters.

“They were very friendly, although De Santis has an extroverted character and a friendly relationship with many Coaches and players,” continued Carletto. “I don’t know if Moggi was able to decide the referees. I think he had a privileged rapport with De Santis, but I can also say that was only a sensation I got.”

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