MILAN - Brief news ahead of this
weekend's Serie A matches.
Sampdoria forward Antonio Cassano has clashed with club
bosses over not attending a charity dinner and the row has
escalated to such an extent that the Italy international could
be put on the market, media reports said.
Samp, who visit Cesena on Sunday, declined to
The war of words between Inter Milan and Juventus has
also continued after Juve, stripped of two titles in a
match-fixing affair, again called for Inter's 2006 scudetto to
be taken away because of new evidence over the scandal.
Inter president Massimo Moratti, who denies wrongdoing, hit
back by cryptically telling reporters: "The day we enter into
this sort of thing, we too will ask for two extra scudettos
that we are owed from the past."
Champions Inter, third after eight games, visit Genoa
later on Friday with Diego Milito back in the squad
after thigh trouble but unlikely to start.
Left back Cristian Chivu is injured so Davide Santon will
Fifth-placed Juventus play at second-placed AC Milan on
Saturday with Amauri, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Mohamed Sissoko
and Zdenek Grygera all ruled out injured. Winger Milos Krasic
is suspended unless he wins his appeal over a ban for diving.
Alessandro Del Piero, seeking one goal to become Juve's
all-time Serie A top scorer, will start upfront with Fabio
Quagliarella given Juve's absences.
Ronaldinho is not fully fit so Milan are likely to employ
Robinho again as a playmaker behind strikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic
and Alexandre Pato.
Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu is still in line to return
from a nine-months drugs ban at Catania on Sunday
despite being probed by police over an alleged assault on a
barman last weekend.
Faltering AS Roma host Lecce on Saturday without
injured midfielders Rodrigo Taddei and David Pizarro, while
Adriano is unlikely to feature despite returning to training
after an ankle knock.
Fourth-placed Chievo maintained their good form with a
2-0 win over Serie B's Sassuolo, formerly coached by Chievo
boss Stefano Pioli, in the Italian Cup third round on Thursday
to prepare nicely for Sunday's trip to Parma.
Bari have slipped down the table in recent weeks but
recorded a morale-boosting 3-1 win over second tier Torino in
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