Inter president questioned in 2006 title case

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti was questioned for three

hours by the Italian football federation’s prosecutor on Thursday

regarding a case that could see the club stripped of the 2006 Serie

A title.

Inter was awarded the 2006 title when Juventus was stripped of

the honor for its role in that year’s match-fixing scandal.

Juventus was also stripped of the 2005 title, which was not

reassigned.

Inter was not sanctioned in the scandal, but last year new

phone-tap conversations leaked to local media allegedly revealed

that Moratti conferred with referee selector Paolo Bergamo about

match officials, prompting Juventus to demand that Inter be

stripped of the title, and federation prosecutor Stefano Palazzi to

open a new inquiry.

”I’m very sure about my position, but that doesn’t take away

the freedom of justice, which is up to them,” Moratti told the

ANSA news agency, adding that the case resembled something out of a

book by Franz Kafka.

Federation president Giancarlo Abete said he would like to see

the case closed by the end of this season.

The questioning came two days before the Milan derby, although

Moratti said he didn’t think it would affect Inter’s

performance.