The war of words over Mohamed Salah has been in full flow again today, with an outburst on Twitter supposedly sent from Fiorentina official Paolo Panerai. The account is an unverified one but seemed to provoke an immediate response from Inter, who issued an official club statement in response to the accusations.
Salah himself also broke his silence via Twitter, declaring in Arabic "I respect Fiorentina, but now I prefer not to talk" before adding in English "Thank you for appreciating me in such way
The tweets from Panerai read ""Dear Giovanni [Malago], Salah is the final straw. We can no longer tolerate that signatures and rules are worth less than zero.
"If football clubs were to respect transparency rules, then Inter would already have been relegated. Whose money is it being used, is it starting from the Cayman Islands?
"Michel Platini knows that Inter have broken the Uefa Fair Play rules. For Salah and other players who cost millions. This is the chance to make an example of them"
Inter's official statement is in direct response to these tweets and reads:
F.C. Internazionale announces that it has read with great astonishment the comments made by the Paolo Panerai on his personal Twitter account.
It is not acceptable for anybody to talk out of turn about our club, casting doubt over its solidity and transparency. It is not acceptable for anybody to offend our club and, as a consequence, our fans, with comments that are utterly lacking in foundation.
F.C. Internazionale is dismayed by the request for exemplary sporting action to be taken against the club, given that it and many other clubs has just signed a public agreement with UEFA to respect the FFP regulations.
Given that Fiorentina is clearly attempting to involve Inter in a matter that doesn't concern it, in order to cover up a problem between Fiorentina and the player Mohamed Salah, F.C. Internazionale will make recourse to any authority necessary in order to protect its image and integrity.
It has been a bad day for Inter's PR department as Gianelli Imbula's father had also accused them of sending threatening text messages when they learned of interest in the player from Porto in addition to their own.
There are still far more questions than answers in this sorry affair: Will Salah still end up at Inter after the club had been accused of making an illegal approach? What are Chelsea's thoughts on the situation? Will Fiorentina follow through with their legal action? Could Salah even end up at Fiorentina next season? Whatever happens, it is to be hoped that this issue will be concluded sooner rather than later.