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Inter President Launches Ref Tirade

Referees continue to make headlines in Italy for controversial decisions. On Sunday, Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni was sent to the stands for vehemently protesting referee Piero Giacomelli’s failure to award a penalty when Davide Astori brought Andrea Ranocchia down in the box. Though an irate Inter promised afterwards not to speak to the press, President Massimo Moratti could not help himself and broke the club’s silence on Monday.

"I do not like the attitude of the referees and they stopped us from getting the result today,” Moratti said. “I cannot just stay silent as I have to point out the injustice.” He added: “The penalty was as clear as day. There are certain pundits who try to save face by pretending it wasn't a penalty. But if that wasn't a penalty then I don't know what is.”

Moratti also alluded to the 2006 Cacliopoli scandal, when various Serie A clubs were found guilty of game-fixing, Juventus receiving the harshest punishment. In response to Moratti’s veiled dig at the club, Juve posted an official statement that read “No Comment,” with a file attached that outlined the Italian soccer federation’s (FIGC) ruling that Inter had also been involved in the Calciopoli scandal.  

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