2006 Scudetto Remains With Inter Milan, Although Juventus Vow Further Action

The FIGC, the Italian Football Federation, ruled on Monday that the 2006 scudetto, awarded to Inter Milan, will not be revoked. In case you're not well-versed in calcio, a quick explanation: Juventus were stripped of their 2005 and 2006 scudetti for their role in Calciopoli, when recorded telephone conversations revealed the club had influenced referees, rigging matches in their favor. The 2005 scudetto was not awarded to any team, but the 2006 title was given to Inter, who had finished third that season.

Calciopoli is once again holding court in Italian football, after further trials revealed that the attempts to influence referees stretched far wider than had previously been shown, implicating Inter as well. Armed with the new evidence, Juve asked the FIGC to review the case, seeking revocation of the 2006 scudetto (and, of course, returned to them, one can assume). Because the FIGC found no legal grounds to strip Inter of the title, Juventus will now pursue other means outside the federation, possibly even seeking justice in international courts.

As the web of Calciopoli continues to weave, growing ever larger, it seems at this time that it would be safest to award the title to little Messina, who were too busy checking their pockets for spare change to even consider bribing referees.

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