Friday February 4 2011
Moratti on Milan, Chivu and Juve

Inter President Massimo Moratti has spoken on the prospect of a Scudetto Milan derby, Cristian Chivu's punch and Juve's problems with referees.

The Nerazzurri underlined their title ambitions last night with a 3-0 win at Bari which saw them move to within seven points of Milan.

With a game in hand, that deficit could shrink to just four points with more than a quarter of the campaign left.

"It's a bit premature to talk about a Milan derby for the Scudetto," said Moratti. "As for whether Milan are afraid of us, I think all teams fear each other."

Thursday's San Nicola victory was marred though by an ugly incident which saw Chivu get away with punching Marco Rossi in the face.

"It's disappointing for us and also for Rossi," the President continued. "Chivu has apologised and we apologise too.

"It's sad because that is the first time something like that has involved Chivu. He's a great guy and he is finding it hard to explain his actions."

Moratti was also inevitably quizzed on Juventus after they were left livid with Emidio Morganti's refereeing performance at Palermo.

Juve had numerous penalty appeals rejected, including a blatant hand-ball by Cesare Bovo in Wednesday's 2-1 defeat.

"It's a relatively new thing to see Juve complain about referees," he smiled. "However, I have to admit that the Bovo incident did leave a big impression."

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