Stop looking at how guilty I am!
Yeah right, as if you couldn't see this one coming a mile away. From today's online Telegraph. "No doubt sensing the mood of the nation, the verdicts on Juventus, Fiorentina, Lazio and AC Milan, not to mention the two dozen referees, club and federation officials who stand accused, was put on the back burner for a few days." "Chairman of the judging panel, Cesare Ruperto, said nothing officially but privately lawyers for the clubs and the federation were told not to expect a decision until Friday at the earliest." "Although the Italians must declare their Champions League and Uefa Cup entrants for next season by July 27, Italy coach Marcello Lippi is still to be interviewed by the judges over his links to agent son, Davide's, role in the scandal." "So too are the judges who are considering an appeal by the federation's prosecution lawyers to relegate Juventus to the Third Division and Lazio, Fiorentina and Milan to Division Two. To have announced their decision yesterday might have also looked insensitive on the day Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro and Juventus team-mate Gianluca Zambrotta took the World Cup trophy to the Turin hosital where their former team mate and recently appointed team manager Gianluca Pessotto is recovering after his suicide attempt. " "In an effort to fill the vacuum caused by the delay, pressure from politicians was growing last night on the federation to declare an amnesty in the case." "Clemente Mastella, the justice minister, repeated calls for the clubs to be let off. "Let's do what they did in ancient Rome: whoever has given us prestige and dignity should be treated differently," he said." "Silvio Berlusconi, the former prime minister who owns AC Milan, said that his team, alongside Juventus, formed "the spine" of the national squad, and should therefore be excused. "We cannot penalise the fans," he said." "Even the normally staid Piero Fassino, a senior figure in Romano Prodi's government, asked the tribunal for "clemency". Yesterday, Prime Minister Prodi said Italy's World Cup win had restored dignity to Italian football."