Former Juventus director appeals ban to European Court

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Nearly 14 years after Italy’s biggest soccer scandal, appeals are still ongoing.

Former Juventus director Antonio Giraudo, who was banned from the sport for life following a 2006 match-fixing scandal, submitted an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights on Monday.

Giraudo claims that by allowing sports federations to set up disciplinary courts, Italy violated an article of the Convention on Human Rights that grants access to a court established by law and a fair trial.

The appeal also states Giraudo’s lawyers were only given seven days to prepare his defense and that jurisdiction was handed to the same body — the Italian soccer federation — that had made the accusations.

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