You wanted the best, you got... Out of Context Quote of the Week.
"I know, I know you are saying "sure there was some bad calls, but Jake Gyllenhaal obviously dropped too many easy catches and Ang Lee had some horrible clock management at the end of each half!"" (krakken2000)
Originally posted by APThe decision was announced after the close of trading at the Milan stock exchange at the request of stock market regulator Consob, because some of the teams involved in the scandal are listed on the exchange.
The scandal, the largest in Italian soccer history, involves allegations of match-fixing, illegal betting and manipulation of referee assignments.
Juventus, the Turin-based powerhouse, has been investigated for sporting fraud on charges that it tried to manipulate the Serie A by hand-picking referees.
Juventus, which won Serie A the last two seasons, risks being stripped of its titles and faces possible relegation -- perhaps even to the third division. Milan, owned by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, also faces possible demotion to Serie B, along with Lazio and Fiorentina.
It's generally not good news when the two-time defending champions of your nation's top-flight league get accused of trying to manipulate said league. This isn't like, say, Genoa's misdeeds a year or two ago. Juventus, AC Milan, Lazio, probably about as close as Serie A has to household names. And all three are now facing relegation, and not just one rung, either. Now that this case is going to trial, 2006-07 could look very different for Italian soccer.
It's good timing for everyone else, getting some extra attention for the league just as they merge/absorb Champ Car. The downside was this happening in Tokyo, airing live at time where not many people saw it.