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