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Inter demand Juve show respect to Moratti

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Internazionale sports director Gabriele Oriali has slammed Juventus managing director Luciano Moggi for being disrespectful towards club president Massimo Moratti as the feud between the Scudetto rivals continues.

Juventus came under attack from Moratti last week over claims that Piacenza striker Dario Hubner would not be trying against Juventus in the match between the two sides last Sunday as he hopes to seal a move to the Turin club.

Moratti's comments sparked outrage in Italy, with the implication of underhand methods being employed in the struggle for the Scudetto.

And Moggi has refused to let the matter lie. "Someone should feel ashamed for what was said during the week," he said in clear reference to Moratti in a television interview.

Moratti has attempted to distance himself from the debate between the two sides, but on Monday Oriali hit back for him.

"He has no right to talk with a football president in the manner he has with Mr Moratti," Oriali fumed. "Directors should talk with directors and they never can answer to a president.

"He should have more respect, but he always does what he wants because nobody has punished him in the past for his attitude. As for being ashamed, he's one to talk."

The title run-in has also been marred by a series of controversial refereeing decisions and on Sunday Inter were incensed by referee Massimo De Santis' refusal to award them a penalty in the first half of their 2-2 draw with Chievo as well disallowing a second-half strike from Ronaldo for offside.

"We will just have to pay more attention on which referee we are given during the weekly draw," Oriali said. "It is essential that such situations are avoided. I know that referee De Santis will be suspended for his mistakes and it could have been avoided."

Inter vice-president Giacinto Facchetti was convinced his side should have been awarded a penalty for a foul on Ronaldo during the first half against Chievo.

"In my opinion it was definitely a penalty. Chievo's defender attacked the Brazilian, not the ball."

Facchetti also voiced his concerns that the league is conspiring to aid Juve and Roma during the title run in.

The issue was put back under the spotlight two weeks ago when referee Pierluigi Collina awarded Roma two late penalties to allow the Giallorossi to come from two goals down to draw away to Venezia. Collina has since been banned from refereeing matches involving Juventus, Internazionale and Roma until the end of the season.

"During the whole second half of the season we have not received a penalty shot in our favour," Oriali pointed out. "Something is not working properly."

Moratti, meanwhile, called on his side to keep their focus.

"We just have to win our next two matches and Juventus and Roma will stay behind us," he said. "Of course my players are furious with the refereeing, but we just have to be stronger than everyone else."
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