Calciopoli: The Scandal That Just Won't End

Nate KahnContributor IIIJuly 21, 2011

TURIN, ITALY - DECEMBER 18: Juventus coach Fabio Capello (L) general Manager Luciano Moggi and CEO Antonio Giraudo are seen on the ground before the Juventus Vs Milan match at Stadio delle Alpi in Turin, Italy. The match ended in a 0-0 draw.  (Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/Getty Images)
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On Monday, the Italian Football Federation (FGIC) announced that they would not revoke the Scudetto that was awarded to Internazionale in 2006. This, of course, was the Scudetto that the FGIC had given to Inter after Juventus and Milan were found guilty in a match-fixing scandal.

This decision will finally put an end to the Calciopoli scandal that has plagued Italian football during the last several years…or maybe not. Juventus is likely to appeal this decision to the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI).  They hope that CONI will strip Inter of the Scudetto and leave the title vacant, as was done in the previous season. In the process, Juventus is hoping to ruin Inter’s reputation by dragging them into the scandal.

It is time that Juventus let it go and not file another appeal. For their sake and the sake of Italian football, they need to move on. Juventus have yet to return to their elite status since they were relegated from the Serie A in 2006.

There last two seasons they have finished in a mediocre seventh place. It is essential for Juventus to leave this scandal in the past and focus on the future. Taking the 2006 Scudetto away from Inter may bring some satisfaction to Juventus fans, but it will not do anything to improve their chances of success in the upcoming seasons.

They will not be able to return to their glorious heights if they don’t start looking ahead. In addition to that, repeated match-fixing scandals have dragged the reputation of Italian football through the mud. The longer this scandal is prolonged, the worse the reputation will get. It will be better for everyone if Juventus decide not to appeal the decision and finally close the book on Calciopoli.