Why? FIGC Why?By: Dylan | July 18th, 2011
The Italian FA have somehow confirmed that they can not strip Internazionale Milano of their 2006 Scudetto. Now maybe it’s because I’m looking at Italian football through my corruption-free tinted glasses, but I expected at least some action to me taken. The FIGC’s “executive committee” met in Rome today, and the decision was confirmed. Twenty-three members voted for the Scudetto to be kept, while only one (ONLY ONE?!) member voted for it to be revoked. My opinion on the statue of limitations in Italian law goes far beyond football.
As I spoke of in my last article, Juventus President Andrea Agnelli will appeal this decision. Though ultimately it will come to nothing.
This all leads back to the original Calciopoli trial, evidence must have been cherry-picked, and it only lasted about fifteen days. The evidence of former Inter President Giacinto Facchetti’s eighty or so phone calls to match officials must have been a figment of everyones’ imagination. If everything was fair, Inter would lose this Scudetto and would be relegated to Serie B. At the very least give the Scudetto to no one, like the 2005 one. This can not be allowed to carry on. The FIGC keep leaking phone-taps when it suits them and they are the most corrupt association of all.
The Inter evidence violated Article 6 (match-fixing), which Juventus never did. Juve violated Article 1 instead (attempted match-fixing), but they got send down. Why?
Just looking at the different clubs that were convicted of match-fixing via the phone-taps, Luciano Moggi had many more calls then anyone else and they were more incriminating. The sporting tribunal actually found Moggi guilty of unethical behaviour and attempted match fixing. It’s the scale of everyones’ involvement. Juve were rightly punished (perhaps harshly) but if that’s the precedent it should be followed, meaning Inter should have been relegated. The FIGC could have closed the door on this by revoking the Scudetto at the very least.
It looks as though every one’s guilty, but the saddest thing is this is now a stereotype of Italian football, you can’t win without cheating. If everyone is cheating then no one will be punished.