Sunday June 30 2013
Thohir told to 'respect Inter'

Indonesian magnate Erick Thohir is due to buy 40 per cent of Inter, but Gianfelice Facchetti warns “you need respect for the club.”

President Massimo Moratti confirmed talks with Thohir were progressing and it’s reported the deal could be announced as early as next week with the businessman flying in to Italy.

“Inter were created in 1908 with foreign members of the board, so the fact the investment comes from Indonesia is not an issue,” legend Giacinto Facchetti’s son told La Stampa.

“We have seen directors and even local players move from one club to the next with total indifference. Being born in Milan is certainly no guarantee of behaviour or reliability.

“I basically see this investment as an opportunity, but you also need respect for the club. You cannot lose sight of the details when taking a global view.

“For now the majority shares remain in the hands of Moratti and his name is a guarantee for Inter. The Italian economy is in difficulty and seeking fresh capital, while football is a famous brand and therefore foreign investment hits the headlines.

“What would I ask of Thohir? That he maintains contact with the fans in the stadium, keeps a healthy Lombardy pragmatism and avoids making big promises.”

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