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By ESPN Staff

Inter to sue Moggi over match-fixing comments

ROME, July 17 (Reuters) - Inter Milan will sue former Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi for comments he made about their president in a newspaper interview, Inter owner Massimo Moratti said on Monday.

Moggi, at the centre of a match-fixing scandal that has rocked Italian football, said in the interview with daily Repubblica that Inter were unfairly trying to take the moral high ground in the scandal which has engulfed Juve, AC Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina.

Moggi's intercepted phone conversations formed the basis of the initial match-fixing investigation. On Friday, he was banned from soccer for five years and handed a 50,000 euro fine.

Moggi, who denies any wrongdoing, said it was not fair that he should be singled out as the central player in the scandal and accused Inter president Giacinto Facchetti of a series of illicit dealings.

But Moratti said in comments published on Inter's official website: 'These are the words of desperate people. Facchetti above all, and we at Inter, will sue Moggi because we have nothing to do with this and these things should not even be thought of.'

Moratti also reiterated his call for last season's Serie A title to be awarded to Inter, who have not been involved in the biggest scandal in European soccer for decades.

The soccer tribunal investigating the match-fixing allegations relegated champions Juventus to second division Serie B on Friday and stripped them of their last two titles.

Ex-champions Fiorentina and Lazio were also demoted to Serie B. Milan stay in Serie A but are barred from European competition next season and start with a 15-point penalty.

The final verdicts will come after the appeals procedure.