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
“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.