Calciopoli re-emerges with fresh blood on its hands

As the world of Calcio is amidst a rebuild of sorts with the national team and Serie A looking to get back to former glories, the darkest hour of Italian football has reared its ugly head again with a fresh set of allegations and associated furore.
Calciopoli has never really gone away, but had found itself usurped in headlines by Calcio tales of a more happy nature in regards to all matters on the pitch. This summer has been the perfect opportunity for Calciopoli to take up some inches in the written press and of course with good reason.
The man who took centre stage in the initial phase of Calciopoli, Luciano Moggi, has persevered and his determined appealing has seen for the opportunity for evidence that had been seemingly ignored five years ago to be examined. Enter the FIGC’s chief prosecutor Stefano Palazzi ,who has assessed the new evidence and has come up with a verdict that will not appeal to those of a Hollywood complex.
It turns out that the seemingly innocent main party of the initial enquiry is not so innocent after all. In Hollywood terms, the good guy is a villain too. Inter have been accused by Palazzi of gaining an advantage in the standings by conditioning the referee sector.
There have been many public calls from people of repute in the Italian game to strip Inter of the 2006 Scudetto that they had been awarded after the initial sanctions and punishments were handed out. Whether or not it will happen is up to the powers that be, but perhaps the most profound impact on Inter as a club is the resulting besmirching of one of their greatest symbols: Giacinto Facchetti.
President Massimo Moratti’s reaction to Palazzi’s claims (based on intercepted phone calls involving Facchetti) proved just as much as he appeared more concerned with the apparent sullying of the name rather than the accusation levelled at the club. He even so far as to suggest that the Nerazzurri fans should abandon reading the Gazzetta Dello Sport, a paper which ran an editorial urging Inter to give back the 2006 Scudetto.
Inter will not be sanctioned as Juventus, Lazio, Milan, Fiorentina and Reggina were before thanks to the nature of the Italian judicial system but Italian football continues to suffer with a sinking reputation. Inter are not the only team that have been cited over these fresh findings, with the likes of Livorno, Cagliari, Chievo, Palermo and Udinese supposedly violating articles of the Code of Sporting Justice.
This recent development has called into question the original Cacliopoli findings, turning the whole situation into a farcical mess. The new season will only continue to bear the horrid shadow of yesteryears misgivings. The hope for all Calcio fans is that there are no more conversations that need examining and that Italian football can look to learn and move forward into a brighter future.

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