The former chief executive of
Italian football club Juventus has been sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a match-fixing scandal, BBC reported. Antonio Giraudo was convicted on charges of criminal association and sports fraud by a Naples court.
Giraudo is among the first of the high-profile figures from the world of Italian football to have been tried for their role in the 2006 scandal.
Banned from football by a sports tribunal, he chose a fast-track trial.
But according to Italian news agencies he is unlikely to actually serve his prison term both due to the country's appeals process and an amnesty on non-violent crime committed before 2006.
His colleague and former Juventus director Luciano Moggi is also on trial in Naples on similar charges.
Juventus was stripped of its Serie A titles won in 2005 and 2006 and relegated to the second division with a nine-point penalty when the match-fixing surfaced. The club is now back in the top-flight league.
The scandal was one of the most explosive in the history of Italy's most popular sport.
Football clubs AC Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina were also penalised when their involvement in the match-fixing was revealed.