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Thursday 8 December 2016

Italian football no longer dependant on tycoons

Juventus' Carlos Tevez (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Genoa during their Italian Serie A soccer match at Juventus Stadium in Turin March 22, 2015. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino
Juventus' Carlos Tevez (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Genoa during their Italian Serie A soccer match at Juventus Stadium in Turin March 22, 2015. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino

Italian football is no longer dependent on the whims of tycoons who have traditionally controlled the country’s biggest clubs, the head of the football federation (FIGC) said.

Carlo Tavecchio said that Italian football, whose credibility has been rocked by match-fixing scandals, hooliganism, falling attendances and financial problems, was now a safe place to invest.

Tavecchio, elected as FIGC president last August, said new rules had been put in place to prevent a repeat of the situation at bankrupt Serie A club Parma, where at one stage this season players were having to do their own laundry.

“The federation is recovering its prestige, the prestige of being the authority of the football system and no longer in the hands of the clubs,” Tavecchio said. “We are laying down the rules so that investments can be made in Italy with extreme security. We are no longer tied to the mood of people, or personalities, or patrons.”

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