Unprofessional Foul


August 30, 2011

Inter in Hot Water Over Hot Water

Perhaps finally done defending themselves from the remnants of Calciopoli, Inter Milan have come under fire once again. This time from a pool company.

Sorry Mr. Forlan, it's part of your contract.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Nerazzurri currently are locked in a dsipute with Venetian company CEMI (Italian) which specializes in pools, hot tubs, and all things aquatic. They even do water parks!

The business claims that it has not been compensated for new “hydromassage” pools installed at Inter’s deluxe training center in Appiano Gentile.

CEMI was supposedly due a payment of 85 thousand euros, part in cash, part in advertisements. That’s a lot of money for hot tubs. A lot of money that supposedly never arrived.

For their part, Inter are simply claiming that the tubs don’t work, and in fact that CEMI is well aware of this.

There’s nothing really out of the ordinary about a club and a business having a dispute over money. But the strange part of this story is found in the legal threats that CEMI and its attorneys have issued.

The pool company claims it will seek to confiscate some of Inter’s assets if they do not receive payment for the tubs. And CEMI is including Inter’s players as assets.

I can understand wanting to tap into Inter’s accounts a little bit, but what could they possibly have in mind in trying to confiscate a professional footballer?

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that there is no way this is even legal, but this is the Italian legal system we’re talking about, so who knows?

Whether any real action will be taken remains to be seen, so for now it’s just fun to speculate which Inter player CEMI would like to hold hostage and how they’d have to go about repaying their club’s debts.

The company wanted advertisements so maybe Julio Cesar or Giampaolo Pazzini should have to walk the streets with sandwich boards hawking the next line of therapeutic foot baths.

Or perhaps Inter’s new prize Diego Forlan will have to make a quick detour to Venice to clean some pools.

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  1. Ratherdaft

    I’m sure the ladies at kickette.com would be thrilled to see their cabana-boy Forlan fantasies come to life

  2. I suppose they could look to seize the player contracts to prevent them from being able to play and not really physically taking the players. But, that’s not as fun to imagine as them hijacking them into a panel van from a grocery store parking lot.

  3. BG

    Could CEMI, via court ruling, acquire certain players’ transfer rights (or whatever you call that), then sell the players to other clubs and pocket the transfer fee? That would be very similar to confiscating the players.

  4. Wedel

    @BG: The thing is, the alleged debt is only 85,000. Selling a player and pocketing the portion of the transfer fee necessary to repay the debt is massive overkill since it’s unlikely too many of Inter’s players would only be worth 85,000.
    Perhaps a lien (like a mechanic’s lien) could be placed on the players, so that whenever one of them does move, the first 85,000 goes to CEMI and the balance goes to Inter.

  5. Orr

    It would be fantastic and hilarious if TFA or BG are correct

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