Originally Posted by NJReds
He doesn't have the power to offer amnesty. He asked for it, but didn't get it. He used the old "the players didn't do anything wrong and they shouldn't be punished" excuse. Hey, the employees at Enron didn't "do anything wrong" but suffered the consequences of their executive management.
And they didn't become Free Agents that signed multi-million dollar contracts with other companies.
The players will be just fine. Berlusconi is a windbag. Any further comment would turn this thread political, so I'll refrain. From a soccer perspective, he came out the best, as Milan is still in Serie A.
As for UEFA...I don't think that Italy is the only country that has encountered this type of scandal. In fact, I think Germany had a huge referee scandal a couple years back; French power Marsielle also suffered from a match-fixing scandal about 10 years ago.
Thanks for clearing that up. I forget who it was, but the commentator I heard seemed to imply that Berlusconi had some sort of control over the matter.
Granted I know very little about the scandals of European soccer. I don't know how the Germans and French dealt with their scandals. But to me, based on the limited facts that have been presented in this thread, it seems like a number of the teams involved in this latest scandal are repeat offenders. While the penalties may seem stiff from an Italian perspective, from my own American perspective, it seems like the teams and players have gotten off lightly. Maybe if I have some time later this summer, I might try to read up on European soccer to get a better idea of where things stand.