MILANO - F.C. Internazionale ha comunicato al signor Roberto Mancini il suo esonero dall'incarico di allenatore responsabile della prima squadra, in particolare in ragione delle dichiarazioni rese dal tecnico all'esito dell'incontro Inter-Liverpool dello scorso 11 marzo 2008, di quanto ne è seguito, sino ai fatti più recentemente emersi nelle cronache giornalistiche.
Or, in other words:
"Inter have informed Mr Roberto Mancini of his dismissal from the role of first-team coach, in particular due to the declarations made by the manager after the Inter-Liverpool game on 11 March [when Mancini first announced his resignation and then withdrew it]... and due to facts which have recently emerged in journalists' news reports."
is it just me or is this wholly specious? you're sacking him today (NB 29 May) because of something he said on 11 March? Or you're sacking him because of something you read in the papers? Give me a break, Moratti. Basically you want to claim you're sacking him so you don't have to pay off his contract (somewhere between 24-30 million euros?) and this is just cheap sophistry.
Not that I expected better, really. But do please try to remember that you're the champions of Italy and comport yourselves accordingly. Lord knows I hold no brief for Mancini, but this is shitty. Everyone knew he was off, if ever the phrase "by mutual agreement" was applicable, surely this was it. Now please let him not take his particular brand of tactical naivety to Chelsea.