Tuesday July 5 2011
'Strip Inter of Scudetto!'

Inter should be stripped of the 2006 Scudetto, says former Juventus President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli.

The ex-Juve chief made the claim in an interview with Sport Mediaset after FIGC investigator Stefano Palazzi accused Inter of also being involved in the Calciopoli scandal which crushed the Old Lady.

"It seems evident to me that Inter made calls to people with whom contact was not allowed," Cobolli Gigli noted.

"It's clear that Palazzi is an accuser, but he was one in 2006 too and there should have been a different outcome.

"What I ask myself and what everyone should ask themselves is why these documents [the wire taps] were not at our disposal back then.

"Why did whoever took these documents to the Naples tribunal not bring them to the Federation in 2006?"

Palazzi opened a second investigation into Calciopoli after a range of new wiretaps emerged during the Naples criminal investigation into the scandal.

Palazzi has now released his findings in a 72-page dossier where he alleges that Inter and former President Giacinto Facchetti committed sporting fraud by speaking to refereeing designators.

The original sporting trial saw Juventus stripped of two Scudetti and demoted to Serie B. Inter were handed the 2006 title in their place.

Milan, Lazio, Fiorentina and Reggina were also penalised with point deductions.

"Juventus were sent into Serie B," Cobolli Gigli added. "They had to sell important players and were coming off the back of years of glory and good results.

"There was a heavy economical loss too, around €100m. But it is not just a question of money. Juve had to be reconstructed.

"The first two or three years went well, but then difficulties emerged because the club didn't have a solid base in technical and sporting terms.

"Should Inter's 2006 title be revoked? I've always said so. The fact is that it is now redundant because of the statute of limitations, but it shouldn't have been assigned.

"Back then decisions were rushed and perhaps Guido Rossi – acting FIGC chief during the scandal – was advised poorly.

"We thought that at the time, never mind now. That Scudetto must be revoked."

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