Agnelli claims credibility at stake in Calciopoli retrial

Juventus President Andrea Agnelli claims the credibility of the Italian football system is at stake as the Federation (FIGC) prepares to deliver their final verdict on the 2006 Scudetto next Monday.
Recent findings from FIGC chief investigator Stefano Palazzi indicate Inter, who were awarded the Scudetto after Juventus’ relegation, should have been found guilty of Article 6 (relating to match fixing) violations.
The Turin side were only ever found guilty of Article 1 (unsportsmanlike conduct) violations and that has intensified the rivalry between the two teams.
Fiorentina, who were implicated in the initial scandal but maintained their innocence, released a statement on their website only days ago, noting they want ‘clarity’ on the situation.
Agnelli, speaking from the USA, where he will attend a Global Sport Summit, commented on the upcoming verdict:
“Fiorentina and their main share holders have properly emphasised the treatment inequality suffered from some football clubs in 2006.
“These differences are likely to continue if the rumours heard in the last days should be confirmed by the Federal Council next Monday,”
as reported by Juve’s official website.
“The dialogue between the main movers of the football world is certainly desirable, but the equality conditions between these subjects must still be guaranteed, even better restored, following five years of a system based on double standards.”
Agnelli indicated he would continue to pursue justice for Juventus concerning the matter if things do not go the club’s way on Monday:
“I’d like to stress that every legal action will be carried out in order to preserve Juventus, if the sports system won’t be able to provide all members with equal dignity and treatment.
“It’s not time for bureaucracy, it’s time for essence. The dialogue will be restored only when these conditions will be guaranteed. People’s respectability isn’t at stake, especially the honour of those who cannot argue; on the contrary the system credibility does.”

The verdict on Inter’s 2006 Scudetto will be announced on July 18 and though it will be difficult to take any extensive action against the Nerazzurri as the statute of limitations (five years) has passed, the controversial title could still be revoked.

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