Derby d’Italia preview: the historical fixture heats up as Inter look to upset unbeaten Juventus


By Jeremy Klayman

To say the Derby d’Italia is a fiesty affair would not do it justice. On numerous occasions, controversies have spilled from the pitch and onto the stands and sometimes even the Italian Parliament.

Who could forget the aftermath of their title decider in 1998? With three games left Inter were a solitary point behind Juventus.

With the match poised at 1-0, Ronaldo was body checked by Mark Iuliano in the area. Incredibly the referee, Piero Ceccarini, denied the Serpenti a spot kick. Insult to injury was provided 20 seconds later as the Bianconeri charged up the other end only for Taribo West to bundle Del Piero over and Ceccarini this time pointed to the spot. Del Piero missed the resultant kick but it did not stop the Turin giants holding on to all but clinch another Scudetto.

The match sparked apoplectic reactions from Inter and the controversy…

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