Since the trial, some further controversy has emerged. This is due to perceived bias in favour of Inter who were the main beneficiary from the 2006 Serie A scandal; they were awarded as champions as the outcome although they only finished 3rd and they have also brought in top players; Patrik Vieira (now retired) and Zlatan Inrahimovic) now at Milan) from Juventus since the club's relegation.Telecom Italia interception scandal and Inter's role
In September 2006 Italian football was shaken again by a new investigation. The head of the security department of Telecom Italia (Italy's biggest fixed network operator company) was arrested for having organised a trade of interceptions to public personalities' private calls. Inter was involved in the process from the beginning when Carlo Buora, Chief Operating Officer of Telecom Italia and vice-president of Inter, being the boss of Tavaroli, was accused of being involved. During questioning, Tavaroli admitted that the president of Inter (Massimo Moratti) was one of the customers of this trade, having requested interceptions of many football personalities among referees, footballers and officers.
Former Inter striker Christian Vieri has suggested the Calciopoli scandal was sparked by Nerazzurri president Massimo Moratti. Vieri is currently suing Inter and telecommunications company Telecom Italia for illegal wire tapping.
Firenzeviola.it has reported that the wire tapping plan between Moratti and Telecom Italia was to eliminate teams in Serie A so that Inter could pave the way for success. It claims Inter players were made to sign a document to cover up any existence of the plan to take down other clubs. The allegation is that Vieri's phone was tapped up to ensure he never spoke of Inter's Calciopoli plans.
In press interviews, Vieri went so far as wondering why not all the relevant calls that he received from team managers went out during the investigation claiming that other teams, including Inter, should have been punished too.
The Italian Football Federation (now under the lead of Giancarlo Abete, a new Pontius Pilatus for the Juventus' supporters) started an enquiry into these allegations. It is unlikely that Inter will be sanctioned since Inter's alleged conduct dates back to 2002 and in Italy, under the Sporting Justice Code of FIGC the statute of limitations runs out after two seasons.