Tuesday July 12 2011
Zeman: 'Strip Inter's 2006 Scudetto'

Zdenek Zeman has joined the chorus calling for Inter to be stripped of the 2006 Scudetto. “The facts say it's only right to revoke it.”

The Coach, now at Pescara, has famously led the crusade against clubs influencing referees, so was asked if the Nerazzurri should lose the 2006 title in the light of recent wiretap revelations.

“I think it should be stripped,” said Zeman. “The facts say it's only right to revoke that Scudetto.

“I don't know the latest wiretaps, but I think this step should be taken, because in my view several clubs have the right to claim that title. There were several shocking incidents that season.”

Inter have reacted angrily to the claims former President Giacinto Facchetti, who died in 2006, tried to influence referees.

“Facchetti was a great figure in Italian football, but the wiretaps I read suggest something was probably happening.

“I am not the one who should judge, but it would be right for football and those involved to clarify the situation once and for all,” concluded Zeman.

Meanwhile, Lega Pro President Mario Macalli revealed it's unlikely Inter will have their Scudetto revoked.

“I doubt anything will change and so the Scudetto will stay where it is,” he told the Corriere dello Sport.

“Clearly if what came out now had emerged five years ago, then that title would not have been assigned to Inter.

“That Scudetto is clearly a wound, but we cannot think of healing by opening it up again. We'd only serve to make it bleed more copiously than before.”

Prosecutor Stefano Palazzi's report into the new evidence recommended Inter be stripped of the title, but noted the FIGC could not act because the events were beyond the statute of limitations.

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