Moratti lashes out against Inter Calciopoli accusations

Inter President Massimo Moratti has slammed the allegations made by FIGC chief investigator Stefano Palazzi where he claimed that the Nerazzurri were also guilty of sporting fraud during the Calciopoli trial.
Palazzi who is in charge of the trial in Naples had rejected Juventus’ appeal to have the 2006 Scudetto handed back to them last week but he claimed on Monday that Inter were also involved in sporting fraud.
According to Palazzi, ‘Inter broke the sporting code regulations to gain an unfair advantage in the standings, by conditioning the refereeing appointments’.
The chief investigator has issued these statments in light of the phone calls that have emerged between former Inter President Giancinto Facchetti and the refereeing designators at that time.
However, Moratti has come out in defence of his late friend stating that his integrity was unquestionable and that Palazzi is ‘totally wrong’ in this instance.
“I think this is a very serious attack, a heavy attack, on the club: it’s unacceptable. Absolutely unacceptable. And I will say this very clearly: Palazzi is wrong. He’s totally wrong.
“This is an attack by the prosecutor and, ok, there’s no trial so people can say what they want about this. I refuse to accept it, Inter does not accept it and what makes the whole thing reek even more is the fact that Facchetti has been caught up in it.
“And I’m not saying that for the sake of it, because it regards somebody who is no longer with us, somebody whom I admire and think very highly of for his honesty. Since, at the moment, Facchetti is viewed differently, I don’t think very highly at all of the person who did this.”
“To be honest, I can cut myself out of this, I am secondary, but the fact that Facchetti has been regarded in the way he has is a serious, offensive, stupid thing. Inter fans know exactly what kind of person he was.”

Speaking to the club’s official website, Moratti also indicated that he was personally not giving much weight to these allegations as according to him all the relevant evidence had already been investigated.
“The weight I give to it is an ugly weight, because it feels like the same climate, that awful climate, I felt during the Calciopoli era. I think this is the same. These are ugly accusations.”
“The gentlemen who will sit down around that table to decide – I’m not quite sure what – know exactly what he was like. I find it totally… There are no new elements, only things that others had already judged to be of little note.”

Moratti concluded by saying that ‘Inter will move very calmly’ to respond to these allegations and that in his view they should not have an effect on Juve’s bid to have the 2006 Scudetto restored as ‘that’s over’.
The FIGC will sit and discuss the issues which have arisen in the Naples trial which resumes today.

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