July 15th, 2006
italian knuckles rapped for match fixing
Yowser. The Italian football league has been turned upside down after a disciplinary tribunal docked AC Milan 15 points next season, and demoted Juventus, Lazio and Fiorentina to the realms of the second division.
All four clubs have been banned from European competiton.
Italian reaction is unsurprisingly dramatic. See below for their local headlines.
But first: a photo of one hottie we’ll be missing in European competition: Adrian Mutu of Juventus.
Gazzetta dello Sport “HAMMER BLOW: But it’s only the first round. The ball now passes to the federal court”
Corriere della Sera “Just 120 hours after the joyful day of the World Cup, Italian football is living the most unfortunate day”
Il Messagero “The world turned upside down the day the French celebrate the storming of the Bastille. The amnesty party has suffered a series of headbutts even more violent than those of Zidane”
La Stampa “Another Juve will arise and I hope, with all my heart, so too will Italian football