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Life is too Good for Inter's Moratti
Football Italia, December 20th, 2006 4:12PM

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Oh how the fortunes of Internazionale and its owner Massimo Moratti have changed. The billionaire yesterday revealed how he seriously thought about selling his beloved club in April as Juventus and AC Milan were running away with the top two spots in Serie A. Frustrated by the indifferent form of expensive players like Adriano, Luis Figo and the now-departed Juan Sebastion Veron, Moratti said he was also stressed out to the point where could no longer stand to be involved in Serie: "I wasn't expecting that the truth would be revealed so soon and I was fed up." Moratti's referring, of course, to the widespread match-fixing that had been going on in Italy behind the scenes. Nevertheless, the Inter boss stayed the course and his team finished the season a respectable third. However, in May, rumblings in the press revealed the match-fixing scandal, suddenly placing the league's top clubs in jeopardy. Inter, curiously enough, turned out to be the sole beneficiary of the heavy-handed justice laid down upon three of Serie A's top four teams. After the massive point deduction handed to Juventus and AC Milan, Inter was named the default Italian champion; AS Roma and Chievo Verona were then lifted into Champions League qualifying places at the expense of Juve and Fiorentina. After the scandal unfolded, the Inter billionaire was presented with a unique opportunity to invest in his team. He brought in several top players, including Juve's own Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Patrick Vieira. Today, Inter is sitting pretty at the top of Serie A 7 points ahead of Roma, the other beneficiary of the Calciopoli scandal, although suggestions have been made by referees and other officials now banned from the game that everything has worked out a little too perfectly for the current league leader. They claim Inter was also involved in the illegal conversations and they also point out that much of the collected evidence came from phone conversations tapped by a telecom company the Moratti family is heavily invested in. Read the original story...


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