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    Posted: 31 Mar 2008 at 12:46pm

An Italian prosecutor plans to bring a criminal case against England coach Fabio Capello for allegedly withholding information in a corruption trial.

He was a witness in the trial of six men accused of conspiring to control transfers by intimidating players into signing for a sports management firm.

He said he never dealt with contracts or knew of pressure on players.

The state prosecutor believes Mr Capello was evasive and at times obstructive in the evidence he gave.

The court case, which is ongoing, relates to the GEA World sports agency.

Newspaper interview

The former Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi, who was at the centre of Italy's match-fixing scandal in 2006, and Davide Lippi, son of the former Italy coach Marcello, are among the defendants.

The England coach worked under Mr Moggi at Juventus until 2006, but it was his time in charge of Roma between 1999 and 2004 which most interested the court.

Mr Capello was asked about an interview he gave to the Corriere dello Sport newspaper about GEA and their alleged monopoly of players.

In that interview the coach said he knew many players were "gravitating towards that company".

Poor recollection

But when asked further in court about the interview, and details he had given in the initial inquiry, the England coach was less forthcoming.

Mr Capello is not thought to have lied, but the prosecutor believes he was evasive.

At times he said he could not remember or recall specific details.

The prosecutor said he would now seek to bring a new case of withholding information against both Mr Capello and Antonio Giraudo, a former Juventus director, who also gave evidence

Boy the English sure know how to pick their controversial managers.
Eamonn Dunphy:"I'll tell you who wrote it, Rod Liddle, he's the guy who ran away and left his wife for a young one".

Bill O'Herlihy: Ah ye can't be saying that now Eamonn
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