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By ESPN Staff

Moratti rules out returning Scudetto

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti insists he will not countenance any move to restore the 2006 Serie A title to Juventus at a planned meeting organised by CONI next month.

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The Italian sporting authority has called a meeting on December 14 at which Italian Football Federation president Giancarlo Abete is due to meet all the interested parties to discuss the reasons why Juventus were stripped of the title they won five years ago.

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has pressed for the meeting to take place, but Moratti has dismissed speculation it could be a first step towards reversing the move, saying instead it is about breaking the ice that has existed between the two clubs since.

"It is an invitation for those of us directly involved to meet and from my own view this must be constructive,'' Moratti said. "We want to build a friendship and a partnership throughout the league. If there is to be constructiveness in Italian football, we must have goals higher than those of arguing all day.

"The past? There are those who judge others, who have already tried or will do so, but this is not for us to get around a table and go over the past.''

Asked how he would respond to a demand to hand the title back to Juventus, Moratti said: "I know we are getting close to Christmas, but I do not believe that requires us to hand over such a gift.''

In May 2006, Juventus were found guilty of match-fixing and stripped of the 2005 and 2006 Serie A titles, and relegated to Serie B. Inter were awarded the 2006 title, but the previous season's was not reassigned.


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