Inter Milan awarded Serie A title
Inter have been awarded the Serie A title to go with their Italian Cup victory.
MILAN, Italy -- Inter Milan have been officially awarded the 2005-06 Italian league title in the latest fallout from the country's match-fixing scandal.
The Italian Football Federation's (FIGC) decision to award Inter their 14th title comes after a sports tribunal revoked Juventus' title win from last season.
Juventus also had their title win from 2004-05 revoked but no replacement winner will be named for that season.
The decision to give Inter their first title since 1989 came after a sports tribunal handed down guilty verdicts to Juventus, who had finished top of Serie A, AC Milan who were second and Lazio and Fiorentina.
"I am fully satisfied by the awarding of the title to a club and team that behaved correctly," said Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti -- who finally gets his hands on the 'scudetto' after 11 years in charge of the club.
Coach Roberto Mancini said: "I'm happy. Regardless of how it arrived, it is right to reward those who have given their best and have always been honest. It is strange to win like this but we played fair."
Inter finished third in last season's championship behind Juventus and AC Milan. They finished 15 points behind Juventus, who won the title with a record 91 points.
Sandro Mazzola, a key figure in the successful Inter team of the 1960's, said there was no way that a title won in this fashion could compare to the victories in his time.
"This title can't be compared to the ones that I won, they were different wins in different seasons. Those were other times but now what has happened has happened and there is a league table with Inter in top spot and so it was normal that the award went to Inter," he said.
"But the fans should be doubly happy -- for the title but also because Inter didn't get themselves involved in certain situations," Mazzola added referring to the scandal.
Inter should have a good chance of retaining the title with Juventus relegated to Serie B and Milan starting the campaign on minus eight points.
The FIGC said they had made the decision after commissioning a three-person committee of experts to give their recommendation.
On Tuesday, a FIGC appeals court confirmed Juventus' relegation to Serie B where they must start the new season with minus 17 points and their loss of the titles they won in the last two seasons.
Juventus have said they will continue to appeal to other courts.
AC Milan, who claim they should be given the last two titles having finished second, retained their top flight status but were docked eight points at the start of the season.
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