For years now we have heard all haters of the glorious bianconeri repeat the litany ad infinitum. The Bohemian coach's accusations of doping and EPO had stuck to the team. The mud had been thrown and it the jealous supporters of such conspiracy experts as AS Roma supporters took up the theme with enthusiasm. For more than eight years we have had to hear the team that is unable to win more than one scudetto every twenty years (and others) accuse Juve of winning on the strength of drugs. The name of the great team that had won scudetto, coppa italia, coppa campioni and coppa intercontinentale was muddied by losers who had to invent faults in a team that is built on success.
Yesterday the Appeals Court absolved Juve staff members Agricola and Giraudo from the accusation of "fraud related to sports" and held that no proof had been made of the use of EPO. We will wait to see what Zeman has to say about this. Meanwhile rivals of the bianconeri will have to find something new to sing about...maybe another invention... like the refereeing favours or the penalties... you can never tell... they have to find something to keep them happy.
Here is what Tosatti had to say about the decision in an article in which he asks who will pay for all the damage caused gratuitously to the image of la Grande e Vecchia Signora:
"Negli anni in cui la Juve veniva accusata di aver somministrato l’epo, aver fatto un uso illecito di farmaci consentiti e di frode sportiva, nessuno dei tanti controlli cui eran stati sottoposti i suoi giocatori avevano dato esito positivo. La stessa commissione del Coni sollecitata da Agricola a giudicarlo l’aveva assolto. Su quale base giuridica poteva essere invece, condannato? Evidentemente i tre giudici d’appello (noti per la loro levatura professionale) sono stati ancora più severi, facendo letteralmente a pezzi le tesi dell’accusa. Bocciata per clamorosi errori di diritto (l’inapplicabilità della frode sportiva al caso in questione, per esempio) e di merito (nulla prova la somministrazione di epo)."
SIAMO NOI! SIAMO NOI!
I CAMPIONI DEL' ITALIA SIAMO NOI
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