Calciopoli Watch: There Were Never Any Favours For Fiorentina – Dino Zoff

Posted on 09/11/2010


Dino Zoff gives evidence at the Calciopoli trial in Naples in relation to Fiorentina’s involvement.

The Calciopoli trial at the tribunal of Naples resumed on Tuesday, albeit for a rapid hearing which involved former Fiorentina coach Dino Zoff.

Zoff was called in as a witness by Fiorentina’s Della Valle owners and their lawyer Francesco Picca.

The court was keen to hear whether Fiorentina had pressured individuals, or obtained favours to help them escape relegation when Zoff was at the helm in 2005.

Zoff was asked by Picca whether he was aware of any favours of advantages that helped his side.

“In my career I have never received any indication of these things,” Zoff told the court.

“I have never been informed of any interventions. No, absolutely not.”

Zoff was also asked what he thought of Luciano Zauri’s handball clearance off the line for Lazio against Fiorentina – an incident that was missed by the referee Roberto Rosetti, and one that has caused controversy ever since.

“I don’t think the referee saw this incident, as for the rest I even struggled to see it from the bench,” the court heard.

In a previous hearing, Rosetti confirmed that he has missed the incident involving Zauri.

Judge Teresa Casoria adjourned the hearing for November 16. Casoria also took the opportunity to tell the defence teams that witness interogations must finish on November 23.

The case continues.

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