Tuesday April 9 2013
Simoni: 'Refs not the Inter problem'

Former Inter Coach Gigi Simoni says Massimo Moratti is wrong to blame referees for the “serious problems” within the squad.

President Moratti publicly suggested there was a conspiracy against the Nerazzurri to stop them climbing up the Serie A standings.

It was a familiar comment for Simoni, who was in charge when Ronaldo was famously denied a penalty against Juventus in the 1998 Scudetto showdown.

“Moratti was a bit harsh,” Simoni told FCInterNews. “Undoubtedly, I have to say there have been many negative and unlucky incidents from referees around Inter, but I don’t like these complaints. Don’t forget that the Inter squad has its problems.

“I had never seen Moratti this angry. Obviously he was cross at the Juve incident in 1998, which was understandable, but I can’t say if we are at the same level of anger.

“I saw a few of the incidents that went against Inter this season, but in many games you can tell this is not the same team as it was. Inter have serious problems that they need to evaluate and concentrate on.

“Moratti isn’t inventing things, as he has been in football for many years, going through some difficult moments and a few favourable decisions in the years when he won everything.

“Now he has to evaluate the refereeing aspect, but also the team itself, because the referees are not the only problem here.”

Inter have been left with only Tommaso Rocchi in attack, as injuries have all but ended the seasons of Antonio Cassano, Rodrigo Palacio and Diego Milito.

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