Monday April 16 2012
Moratti: Football had to stop

Inter chief Massimo Moratti insists that postponing the Week 33 games was the only option after the death of Piermario Morosini.

The Livorno man collapsed and died during the Serie B game against Pescara on Saturday afternoon. It was then decided that the rest of the weekend games would be re-arranged.

“It was an obvious choice not to play,” the oil baron noted on Monday.

“To not play was the only decision that could be made because the situation was serious. It gave the right signal and that is how you respond to pain. It was terrible.”

Udinese, who actually own the player, had wanted their game against Inter to be called off even before an official announcement was made.

“Our players were distraught, so it was inevitable that so too would Udinese’s,” added the Nerazzurri President.

“We are talking about one of their teammates, they knew him well. It was a serious situation, a horrible one and football understood it. They understood it abroad too.”

A decision on when the cancelled Week 33 games will be played is expected later this evening, but Moratti has cooled reports that Inter are not in favour of the Lega’s thinking.

“I don’t know the technicalities of what is planned, but the problem is the Lega as a whole in the sense that any issue becomes a problem, even a difference of opinion.

“We’ll do what is right – I don’t think now is the time to cause any kind of controversy.”

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