Soccer scandal: Berlusconi calls for more time

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi demanded on Thursday that the trial into the country's soccer corruption scandal be given more time.

Soccer scandal: Berlusconi calls for more time

Milan:

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, who owns AC Milan, demanded on Thursday that the trial into the country's soccer corruption scandal be given more time. "The process is a summary, without the indispensable characteristic of certainty that any process should have,'' Berlusconi said. Reaching sentences after "too quick a process (without) verifying if there are concrete facts would be damaging to everyone,'' he added. Milan is one of four Serie A teams facing possible relegation to a lower division when verdicts in the sports trial on allegations of match-fixing are returned. The trial opened on June 29 and closed on Friday. A verdict is expected by the end of the week. Appeals were to be heard by the end of the month, the deadline for the federation to advise which teams will take part in the Champions League and UEFA Cup. If appeals go beyond that, soccer federation head Guido Rossi has said the verdicts would determine which teams play in the European club competitions. (AP)

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