Former Juventus director Antonio Giraudo has been sentenced to three years in prison for his role in Italy's 2006 soccer match-fixing scandal.

Giraudo, already banned from football by a 2006 sports tribunal, has been found guilty of sporting fraud and conspiracy in the criminal trial linked to the affair.

Juventus were demoted to the second division in 2006 as a result of the scandal, which involved clubs procuring favourable referees for matches, but are now back as one of the strongest teams in the top flight Serie A.

Giraudo, who is unlikely to serve his sentence because of the appeals process and a broad pardon for non-violent offences committed before 2006, asked to have a fast-track trial along with a number of referees implicated in the scandal.

Former Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi requested a normal trial which is currently taking place.

Prosecutors in Naples, who had asked for Giraudo to be given a five-year jail term, instigated a criminal case in the wake of the punishments handed down by the sports tribunal.