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FA to investigate Moratti claims Thursday 18 April, 2002



The Italian Football Federation are set to open an investigation after Inter President Massimo Moratti questioned the credibility of the League championship.

The Nerazzurri Chief made a number of statements on Thursday that seemed to insinuate that everything is not necessarily as it seems in the Serie A race.

"There are strange things happening at the moment," he said. "I hear that Juventus are set to buy Dario Hubner and Sunday they play against his Piacenza side. This seems very odd to me and the FIGC need to intervene."

He added: "Another thing that I’ve noted is that when Milan and Juventus meet in a season that Inter are fighting for the title, the result never seems to favour us. That occurred again last week.

"I know that Milan played well and gave their all but then they scored an own goal and Juventus won the game. Therefore I hope that Milan give their best against Roma on Sunday. After all it is in their interest. We’ll just wait and see what happens."

Moratti’s statement brought immediate reaction. Serie A top scorer Hubner denied that he was in talks with Juventus. And the Bianconeri also angrily rubbished the claims.

"They are insulting insinuations," blasted Juve President Vittorio Chiusano. "And totally unacceptable."

Chiusano and club directors Luciano Moggi and Antonio Giraudo are also believed to have telephoned Moratti to deny that they have made any contact for the Piacenza striker.

Meanwhile, the FIGC released a statement in which they asked to talk to "President Massimo Moratti as soon as possible in order to clarify which irregularities he believes have occurred surrounding the issues he raised."
 

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Chiusano Blasts Back At Moratti
'Upset' by Moratti comments


04/19/2002. Juventus president Vittorio Chiusano has reacted to claims by Inter chief Massimo Moratti that the Bianconeri have behaved incorrectly in the Serie A title race.

"I did not appreciate Moratti's words, they upset me," said Chiusano in a statement which appeared on the club's official website. "There is always too much talk and us Chairmen must set the example. Juventus cannot accept lessons in style by anyone. I don't know exactly what Moratti said as I was not present, but the idea is that Juventus behaved incorrectly because before the match against Piacenza our manager Lippi talked about Hubner with enthusiastic terms and that we tried to buy him.

"I spoke with Moratti and expressed my disappointment for such statements, that I didn't expect. I cannot as Chairman of Juventus accept to be told that the club behaves unfairly. We have a long history that proves otherwise and are not afraid to be confronted. Moratti's words are misplaced: first of all, Lippi told me that he never said such things, secondly, Juventus never expressed any interest in the player, besides his capacities, but never made such contacts.

"So, without being pedantic, as I like Moratti, even if he did make me angry, I believe that before expressing such thoughts one should be more careful. In football there are lucky and unlucky situations, but there aren't any strange things and we cannot accept these suspects. Moratti told me that he was taken by surprise by some journalist's leaving the office and that he only got worried when he overheard them talk about Hubner. Well, those statements deserved a bit more attention."

He also reacted to Moratti's insinuations about the goings on in last week's Juventus-Milan match which was won 1-0 by the Bianconeri after a late own-goal from Jose Chamot.

"You can't make those kinds of statements. An intentional own goal is a crime, it is a very serious thing to say against the player and the two teams. It seems that in football anyone may say anything they feel like, while words do have a precise meaning. We never said anything even when two penalties were given in two minutes to a loosing team. We must not enter these rumours, the managers should give the good example. If someone has any proof of what he is saying, fine, but to bring up suspects only makes the situation worse and provokes opposing supporters."



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Juventus and Inter clash over Moratti's "strange results" claim
Friday 19 April 2002
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Juventus president Vittorio Chiusano has blasted Internazionale owner Massimo Moratti over claims that Serie A is rigged.

Moratti claimed yesterday that Serie A had seen strange performances and results as his side chase the championship with Roma and Juve.

"I did not appreciate Moratti's comments. They upset me," said Chiusano in a statement which appeared on the club's official website.

"There is always too much talk and chairmen must set the example.

"I don't know exactly what Moratti said as I was not present but the idea is that Juventus behaved incorrectly because before the match against Piacenza our manager Lippi talked about Hubner in enthusiastic terms and that we tried to buy him.

"I spoke with Moratti and expressed my disappointment for such statements, which I didn't expect. I cannot as chairman of Juventus accept being told that the club behaves unfairly.

"We have a long history that proves otherwise. Lippi told me that he never said such things and secondly, Juventus never expressed any interest in the player."

"In football there are lucky and unlucky situations but there aren't any strange things and we cannot accept these rumours. Moratti told me that he was taken by surprise by some journalists leaving his office and that he only got worried when he overheard them talk about Hubner.

"You can't make those kinds of statements. An intentional own goal is a crime, it is a very serious thing to say against the player and the two teams.

"It seems that in football anyone can say anything they feel like. We never said anything even when two penalties were given in two minutes to a loosing team (AS Roma). We must not circulate these rumours. If someone has any proof of what he is saying, fine, but to bring up suspicion only makes the situation worse and provokes opposing supporters."

The FIGC may now investigate Moratti's comments.

The Inter owner alleged a conspiracy led by Juventus and helped by Milan was at work to try and deprive Inter of their first Italian title since 1989.

"I hear strange things that Juventus are set to sign Dario Hubner and on Sunday they play against his Piacenza side," Moratti said.

"They are also interested in Ze Maria and when they played his Perugia team the other day they won. This is odd and the FIGC need to intervene.

"Also I notice that whenever Milan play Juventus and we are challenging for the Scudetto, the result goes against us. That happened last weekend.

"Milan may have performed well but then they scored an own-goal and Juventus won the match. We'll see what happens when they play Roma this weekend."

Juventus responded by pointing to the use of Adriano by Fiorentina in Inter's recent win over the Florence club. Adriano is an Inter player on loan at Fiorentina.
 
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