Former Italian referee Massimo De Santis, who missed the 2006 FIFA World Cup because of the Calciopoli, accused Inter Milano for spying and asked for damages in a history dating back to 2003 called "Telecom Business" by the Italian press, said his lawyer, Paolo Gallinelli.
The claims against Inter were made by former referee Massimo De Santis, who said that in 2002 the club employed a firm to follow him, take photographs of him and tap his phone line.De Santis, according to Mr. Gallinelli, was the victim of a violation of privacy by illegal means, including investigation of his bank accounts ordered by the Inter president, Massimo Moratti, who denied allegations that his club paid a firm of private investigators to spy on one of the referees involved in the Serie A match-fixing scandal. "I can confirm that there have never been instructions to follow anyone", said Moratti. In the same case and for similar facts, former Inter striker Bobo Vieira asked for 21 million euros in damages. Justice has 60 days to convene the two parties for a possible reconciliation, said the lawyer.
For his involvement in Calciopoli, De Santis was removed from the 2006 World Cup list and banned for four years after being found guilty of conspiring to rig Serie A matches in the 2004-2005 season.