Friday, 30 January 2009

Inter deny newspaper allegations

Inter have strenuously denied allegations of match-fixing involving games towards the end of last season.

2008 ScudettoThe club have responded to an article in the Il Giornale newspaper, which claimed to have acquired a report from the justice department to the Public Prosecutor's office questioning Inter's poor form towards the end of last season.

"With regard to the impudent and misleading title that appeared on the front page of today's Il Giornale newspaper, reporting a declaration that was never made, FC Internazionale Milano confirms that, as stated by the Public Prosecutor's office in Milan, there is no investigation into the 2007/08 championship or Inter," read a club statement.

"The club will take any necessary legal proceedings to protect its image."

The Public Prosecutor's Office also denied the allegations, releasing a brief statement which read: "The office would like to confirm that no inquiry was ever made regarding the 2007/08 season and, in particular, Inter."

Inter were runaway leaders in Serie A at one point last season, 10 points clear of the chasing pack, but a loss of form towards the end of the campaign saw them go into the final game only one point ahead of Roma.

The Nerazzurri clung on to take the Scudetto by three points.

The paper claimed Roberto Mancini's side drew and lost games at the end of last season in order to increase gambling odds.

Inter President Massimo Moratti slammed the allegations against his club.

"It's a joke," he said. "It's already been denied by the Public Prosecutor's office and so there's no need for my denial."

Source: Sporting Life

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