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    Blog: Irresponsible Inter

    Wednesday 23 July, 2008

    After months of appealing for Serie A aid, historic club Spezia have gone bankrupt and Paul Watson blames Inter’s apathy for their demise.

    While Serie A seems to be prospering once more with the arrivals of Jose Mourinho and Ronaldinho, worrying wails can be heard drifting up from calcio’s basement. The news that Messina had been forced to forfeit their place in Serie B due to crippling debts was quickly followed by the collapse of a handful of lower League sides, a list that sadly included Spezia.

    Hailing from the tiny Ligurian railway town of La Spezia, the Eagles were amongst Italy’s oldest clubs and had been around since 1906 – even winning a the war-time version of the Scudetto in 1944. The minnows’ return to the second tier in 2005-06 prompted heartwarming scenes of celebration for a club used to living in the shadow of neighbours Genoa.

    Spezia stayed up thanks to a relegation play-off in 2005-06, but the highlight of the season was undoubtedly upsetting the mighty Juventus 3-2. However, the financial demands of playing in the Second Division took their toll and debts escalated, endangering the future of the club. When they slipped to relegation last season, the situation became critical as bailiffs knocked on the door.

    A supporters club raised an impressive sum to clear a large portion of the debt, but the main hope of salvation lay with Italian champions Inter. Spezia always enjoyed a close relationship with Inter – a club they saw as an older brother – and had been bailed out by the Nerazzurri in the past. But although President Massimo Moratti did make a contribution, it only represented a seventh of the amount raised by the fans. Spezia’s time was up.

    While I commend Moratti for the aid he did provide over the years and accept that Spezia couldn’t become a charity case, I feel that calcio’s giants failed to accept the responsibility they have to the lesser lights of the game. While the Beneamata are happy to spend £65m on changing Coach, the idea of giving under a 10th of that to save a club from extinction is treated as unthinkable.

    The buck shouldn’t stop at Inter, the whole of the top tier need to act. Serie B and C are the bedrock of calcio. Not only are these small clubs beloved by thousands of Italy’s most dedicated football fans, they are crucial for the development of new talent and are the places where so many of the nation’s stars learn the ropes before graduating to Serie A.

    I just hope that before Moratti and Co invest their next £10m on a foreign star they take some time to think about where the next generation of Italian talent will be able to serve their apprenticeships.

    http://www.channel4.com/sport/footba...logs/pw14.html

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    It isn't Moratti's job to save spezia. He has saved them in the past if they continue to mismanage themselves its their own fault.
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    What a load of crap.

    Just because Massimo spents a lot of money for Inter, means straight away he should help every club in need, or the ones we had some connections in the past, but no real ones at the moment whatsoever.

    Yeah. That's a great logic mister... Paul Watson.
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    Irresponsible Inter. We failed to donate enough money to help the victirms of the tsunami.
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    Indeed. Our fans jumped too hard during the "chi non salta e Rossonero" chant and caused tsunami itself.

    Moratti is also responsible for record inflation in many countries and also riots because of rising prices, because Moratti monopolizes the whole fucking oil market.

    J.Zanetti should be beheaded because he doesn't donate 110% of his wage to his PUPI foundation. What fucking half-assed effort for a charity.

    Cordoba should be hanged because he caused global warming as he breathes out carbon dioxide.

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    I think the article is interesting from an Inter fan's perspective as it provides a good indication as to the bias and level of animosity that the media and other supporters have towards Inter.

    But apart from that, the article was pretty useless although I do agree that Calcio suffers as a whole as a club with a long standing history has just disappeared and there is one less club at which young Italian players can develop without the pressure that comes at a big club.
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    Yawn. Can we just make a topic where we post articles in us getting bashed by the media? It'd probably get updated on a daily basis. Channel4 alone does us in pretty good on a regular basis.

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    Didnt Moratti also own Spezia? And even recently he held 40% of their shares. I think this is why the writer is blaming us. Other wise it makes no sense to blame us for everything thats wrong with Italian football.
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    THe usual media bashing of Inter.

    That's what you get when you are THE BEST. People hate teams who win too much.

    It's a fact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shahz_nerazzurri View Post
    Didnt Moratti also own Spezia? And even recently he held 40% of their shares. I think this is why the writer is blaming us. Other wise it makes no sense to blame us for everything thats wrong with Italian football.

    Bingo....i dont know the exact details but it seems to me that saving spezia didnt require that much money and that is why i have no idea why didnt moratti pay since we preaty much owned them...but there is little info out to blame someone so until then we wont know for sure.

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    I have followed Spezia for a few years now, and I can admit that their inability to grow as a club, is Moratti's fault. We kept loaning out mediocre players to them, which the majority of them wasn't even starters for them, proving that the coach had no say in it. Hence Spezia, outside Serie C1 didn't manage to be any better.

    BUT, their financial difficulties I have severe problems realising why that is Moratti's fault. It might be for all I know, but the writer here says that Moratti should have bailed out a club he didn't own anymore (he owned them a couple of years ago), but still enjoyed a fine relationship with. That's just ridiculous. Would Cobolli Gigli save Siena? Would Berlusconi save Brescia? Would the media blame those two individuals if these clubs was declared bankruptcy? Of course not...

    But I am on a personal level, very sad that Spezia has had to go through this. I of course wish that Moratti would have stepped in, but that would only be an act of Mother Teresa herself. Can't expect a businessman like Moratti to make such a heavy engagement to a feeder club to his own team.

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