Hats off to Sepp Blatter. Last week, he did something right in the fight against match-fixing.
Background: Juventus ‘won’ the league championship in 2005 and 2006. However, a police investigation showed that their general manager had fixed a number of the games during those seasons. The Italian Football Federation stripped them of their title and demoted the Bianconeri to the second division (Please take note Turkish Football Federation, this is how a properly organized league is supposed to run).
In the last six years, Juve fans have made a number of claims about this scandal. The first is wrong: they claimed that the Juve administration did not fix. We have seen, after a long trial, that the police allegations were proved and that there is no doubt that there was fixing. However, their second claim is correct. Juve fans have always maintained that there is lots of fixing going on in the Italian league – last week, they were proved conclusively right.
All of this is behind a statement made by the current Juventus President Andrea Agnelli who claimed, in effect, that because of all the fixing in Italian football, Juventus had really won the league in 2005 and 2006. Presumably, Mr. Agnelli feels that the Serie A is not just a football league but a fixing and football league where teams are awarded victories for their success on and off the field.
Sepp Blatter to his credit wrote a diplomatic letter to Mr. Agnelli that stated that Juventus has actually won only 28 league titles. It is a small step but it should be congratulated that FIFA has not crumbled to a rich and powerful club, at least not this time.