After suggesting that “football should be stopped for two or three years,” here comes another controversial statement from the Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti who said, “I find it unacceptable that the money from the taxpayers is being used to cover the losses of football clubs.”
And so straight from the Corriere della Sera, Inter president Massimo Moratti expresses his gentle and respectful disagreement.
[quote]“Surely Italian football could use a better image and I am not only talking about the 2006 Calciopoli scandal or the betting scandal that is emerging at this time. I have been Inter president since 1995 and I have never seen any money to fix the budget. And it is the same story for many other presidents just like me. In short, you cannot make money in football. At least not for me.”[/quote]
The president, however, recognizes one serious fault that he has:
[quote]“It is I that invest too much for Inter and I am prepared to invest more money in the future. I have done it and will continue doing it for the passion that I have. A controversy? I think that it has always been football that has been rewarding the state and not vice versa. How? By paying taxes from contracts, by making payments of Social Security Welfare, by paying rents for the stadiums and everything else. Not to mention the jobs that football has constantly been creating. But it is not up to me to point out these things.”[/quote]
Massimo Moratti’s words are worth 844 million euros out of his pocket to balance the budget at Inter. From his words, there is a great deal of determination for the future, the desire to continue to invest for Inter in order to be back on top of Europe as soon as possible.
Source: Corriere della Sera