Thursday May 23 2013
Platini: 'Juve have 29 titles'

UEFA President Michel Platini is glad to have an Agnelli at the helm, but warns Juventus “have miscalculated” their 31 Scudetti.

The title party was covered in the number 31, marking the Serie A titles Juve have won, including the two that were stripped in the Calciopoli scandal of 2006.

“I understand that the fans are in love with Juventus and do not want to risk losing two Scudetti,” Platini told Sky Sport Italia this evening.

“These are the supporters, but then there is the justice system and certain rules that took those titles away. We must always choose justice. Juve paid the price, but soon enough they will get 31 or 30.

“I think on an international and national level, the FIGC and the Lega have the right number of titles. Andrea Agnelli has miscalculated.”

Platini was one of the Bianconeri legends in the 1980s under President Gianni Agnelli and now his nephew is at the helm.

“Andrea has the same passion as the rest of the family, but he shows it more. He is much younger and more aggressive. It’s wonderful after a few years to find an Agnelli in charge of Juve again.

“I think Andrea is doing a great job and also made a smart decision by bringing in Antonio Conte. A club is not just one personality or one player. Before at Juve they only ever talked about the players, while now the focus is on the Coach.

“I think Conte is important too, but the players are the ones who win the games. I don’t think it’s helpful to talk so much about the tactician.”

UEFA announced strong new measures to combat racism in football, but Platini assured it is not a specifically Italian problem.

“Italy is like all countries, so it is not racist, but there are some stupid people who go to the stadium to stir up politics, racism or nationalism.

“It is difficult to deal with people who go to the stadium just for those reasons, even more so when an arena holds 80,000.


“What referee Gianluca Rocchi did in stopping the Milan-Roma game for two minutes showed good common sense. I compliment the official for the way he handled the situation.”

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