Lo stile CAN

THEY CHEATED!

As La Repubblica writes, the metal balls (or spheres to use the refereeing lingo, which isn't as fun as saying metal balls) used in the draw to assign referees to games in serie A were tainted, tampered with, allowing referees to be hand picked for certain games (read: for certain teams, ahem ahem).

HOW DID THEY PULL OF THIS GRAND SCHEME?

Er...I guess by not replacing the balls for years and years, leading to dents and discolorations in the balls, which made them recognizable.

SOUNDS MUNDANE

It kind of is. Years after Calciopoli, the level of sensational events have dropped considerably. We used to have referees locked in and kidnapped.

SORT OF, ANYWAY

And now we have discolored and dented metal balls? Snooze fest.

BECAUSE

To garner attention or interest in the goings on pertaining to one particular season (2004/05), meaning not even all of what happened - it's like arresting Provenzano for stealing the paper he wrote his notes on as opposed to the actual crimes he committed - you need something spectacular. The question is:

DIDN'T WE ALREADY KNOW THIS?

Everyone but the most ardent and stubborn juventini have accepted that things weren't handled squeaky-clean in the league, and that any questions surrounding the collection of evidence is more than balanced out by the incriminating actual evidence. So we knew - more or less - that they cheated, we know why. We knew that even before Calciopoli, on some level.

SO

The only thing I could think of as I read the confession of Manfredi Martino, the secretary of CAN (National Commission of the Referees), was along the lines of

OH, SO THAT'S HOW THEY DID IT.


MEH.