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Massimo Moratti explains the reasons for the appeal launched by Inter for the Middle East
“Is Inter against war? Well, everyone says they are against war and then these are the results. If being against war means considering war a useless  instrument, to be abolished, then yes, Inter is against war”. Massimo Moratti sighs as he explains the reasons for the appeal against indifference towards the Middle-eastern tragedy which was launched by Inter: “The news that arrives every day, every minute, from the Middle east wound us like the blows of a war that enters our lives erasing the distance that separates us from Israel, from Palestine, from Lebanon- the blu-black sport club states- In those lands, just as in other areas of the world, violence once again is trying to wipe out life. All of Inter, with great humility and immense respect for those who are actively working for an immediate and necessary cease-fire, hopes that dialogue and peace may as soon as possible once again and once and for all win, and it launches an appeal that all associations, sportive or not, may share and subscribe to a most human sign of non indifference”. But Moratti goes deeper, explaining the relationships between sport, war, humanitarian tragedies, social emergencies and states clearly once again his “yes” to peace.
Why did Inter decide to speak now?
“ To be honest in may even be too late. Tension is high, too high, and has been so for days, but we all hoped there might be a truce, a cease-fire. Instead of which the result is a revival of war. And in a place which is so close to us. Beyond any calculation or reasoning, it was felt, it came from within us. And  it is such a dramatic situation that you live it as a human being. There comes a moment when you comfortable  position as a spectator in front of the tv or sitting in an armchair reading a newspaper becomes unbearable. And you feel you have to participate in some way. This is where this appeal comes from, appeal which is aligned with all that Inter has done in the past, in other ways, but always following the  philosophy of peace. In this case, I would like to underline how necessary it is not to remain indifferent, to collect one’s thoughts and think about this thing. Our appeal is an invitation to all those who think this way, who feel this need not to watch silently.
What has football got to do with wars? What is the relationship, what is the role?
“The role of sport, and in particular of football, comes from its popularity, and is direcly proportional to it. Football belongs to everyone, to who fights and to who lives in peace, to young people and older ones. It is incisive. Everyone follows it. So every word spoken has an enormous weight  and a great responsibility. It reaches the people directly, because it is spoken by someone who belongs to their reality, to their everyday life. Football is a communication power  . And the effort that it takes to try and leave a mark is so small, compared to even the smallest possible result that may be obtained, that it is always worth while to make sure that football has not only one pre-defined road and one single objective, but  the intention to persue aims of a greater value. This is what we are trying to do. And together with us so are other teams such as Juventus, Grosseto, Napoli and Torino, at least for now. A movement without leaders or roles, where every club has felt the seriousness of the thing and the possibility of being useful even in the smallest  degree”.
And how do supporters react to these positions taken on themes that go beyong sport and that touch the human, social sphere?
“ Every time we have taken a strong position for social, human emergencies, our suporters have followed us. And the same has happened to other teams. This is why it is important to be heard, to express one’s position, to make people understand that you exist and what you think. And this is always valid. The first thing is not to let decisions, facts, pass right over your head without beying able to lift a finger. To assert one’s thought to try and change things or even just to say “no”, “enough”, or “if I could I would change them”, is a duty.
Stella Spinelli
Topic: War, Peace, Sport
Area: Lebanon