Inter chief denies club is blackmailing Sneijder


NEW YORK (AP) -- Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti insists the club is not blackmailing Wesley Sneijder into signing a new contract and the Dutchman is not currently playing purely for footballing reasons.

Club director Marco Branca said at the weekend that Sneijder wouldn't play again for Inter until he made a decision about his future, and a new deal which requires him to take a paycut.

Moratti says Inter are "completely open" with Sneijder and that there is "no kind of blackmail....he is not playing for technical reasons."

On Wednesday, the global footballers' union called for talks with FIFA, UEFA and the European Union about clubs using "blackmail behavior" to force players into signing new contracts.

Moratti is in New York for a presentation of the Inter Campus youth football project at the United Nations.