FIGC probes Inter Milan for alleged unauthorised Inzaghi halftime team talk during Roma clash

Simone Inzaghi, head coach of Fc Internazionale

FIGC probes Inter Milan for alleged unauthorised Inzaghi halftime team talk during Roma clash

Faruq Ibrahim 21:26 - 12.02.2024

Inter boss Simone Inzaghi in trouble with the FIGC for allegedly communicating with his players while serving a match ban.

Inter Milan's strategy during their Serie A showdown against Roma has sparked controversy and caught the eye of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC). With Inter trailing behind Roma in the first half but eventually clinching a 4-2 victory, it emerged that Inter's head coach, Simone Inzaghi, who was sidelined due to disqualification, found a novel way to communicate with his team: a halftime pep talk via 'speakerphone'. This innovative approach, however, has raised eyebrows at FIGC, prompting a closer look into whether it breached the Code of Sports Justice.

Innovative Communication or Rule Breach?

Alessandro Bastoni's revelation to the press about Inzaghi's halftime communication stirred the pot, suggesting a direct line of encouragement from the coach to his players. However, Massimiliano Farris, Inzaghi's assistant, was quick to clarify that the interaction didn't involve a direct video call but rather was a message conveyed through the staff. 

This distinction is crucial as the Code of Sports Justice strictly prohibits disqualified coaches from directing their team "by any means" during matches.

Simone Inzaghi, Inter Milan manager | Imago
Simone Inzaghi, Inter Milan manager | Imago

FIGC's Scrutiny and Inter's Optimism

This intriguing incident has inevitably drawn the attention of FIGC, putting Inter's innovative communication method under scrutiny. According to the rules, disqualified coaches are barred from any form of team direction during matches, including access to the pitch and changing rooms. 

Despite the looming possibility of an investigation by FIGC, Inter remains hopeful of avoiding any sanctions. The club's optimism suggests confidence in their interpretation of the rules, but only time will tell if FIGC's investigation will lead to further implications for the Nerazzurri.

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