Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero, testifying at the trial into the Italian match-fixing scandal, insists that the club won its Serie A titles legitimately.
“Whichever squad won the title deserved to, Juve like any other,” Del Piero said, according to the ANSA news agency.
Juventus were stripped of the 2004-05 and 2005-06 Serie A titles by a sports court for influencing referees and the outcome of matches. The 2004-05 title remained unattributed but Inter were awarded the 2005-06 crown.
However, newly released phone taps allegedly show Inter also attempted to influence referees, and the Italian football federation has opened a new inquiry into the affair.
The scandal was the biggest corruption case in the history of Italian football. Besides Juventus, three other top clubs – ACMilan, Lazio and Fiorentina – were penalized, as were Reggina and Arezzo.
The key defendant in the trial is former Juventus executive Luciano Moggi, who is facing charges of criminal association aimed at committing sports fraud.
Another former Juventus executive, Antonio Giraudo, has already received a three-year sentence from the Naples court.
Moggi and Giraudo were banned from football for five years by a sports court for influencing the outcome of matches. They deny wrongdoing.