Soccer: Inter chairman charged for hinting at plot by refs

Moratti said no longer believed in officials' 'good faith'

Soccer: Inter chairman charged for hinting at plot by refs

Rome, April 12 - Inter Milan Chairman Massimo Moratti faces disciplinary proceedings after being charged by the Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) Friday for suggesting Serie A referees are plotting against his team. Moratti said he no longer believed in the "good faith" of Serie A's referees after an official wrongly gave Atalanta a penalty that helped the Bergamo side come from 3-1 down to defeat the Milanese side 4-3 last weekend. "When they want to hit you, they hit you," added Moratti after a defeat that looks to have ended sixth-placed Inter's hopes of finishing third and qualifying for next season's Champions League. The FIGC said Moratti had been charged for expressing "injurious opinions and comments in the media" about the "good faith and impartiality of the referees" and correctness of the championship, in doing so damaging the federation's "reputation... prestige and credibility". The comments recalled the controversy that surrounded the 2006 Calciopoli match-fixing scandal, which saw Juventus stripped of two Serie A titles and demoted to the second tier for a season. Inter were awarded one of those titles after the Turin side's former executives were ruled to have been at the centre of manipulation to have compliant referees oversee some teams' matches.

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