Inter Chief Questions -- MATERAZZIBAN

Inter Milan president Giacinto Facchetti has questioned FIFA's decision to hand Italy defender Marco Materazzi (Pic. left) a two-match ban for insulting Zinedine Zidane.

"Furthermore, cases like this rewrite laws and create precedents that will force various disciplinary committees to call both players involved in provoking reactions and reactions."

Guido Rossi, the retired politician brought in to clean up the game in Italy after the recent corruption scandal, hinted that the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) would not appeal a verdict that rules Materazzi out of Euro 2008 qualifiers with Lithuania on September 2 in Naples and France in Paris four days later in a rematch of the World Cup final.

Rossi said: "The definitive verdict of the FIFA disciplinary committee will be respected by us.

"But the episode will remain consigned to the TV images and to the public opinion of the entire world."

Ben Gladwell

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