Sampdoria have suggested an audacious solution to the financial crisis in Italian football: “No relegations for three or four years.”
The sport has been hit by the same economic problems that affected the whole country and most of Europe, leading to a downturn in spending and increase in cost-cutting.
“We are going through a global financial crisis and cannot think football is in a bubble,” warned Samp director general Rino Sagramola in Secolo XIX newspaper.
“The paradox now is that we have to contribute to the cost of wages in order to help a player transfer.
“If we suspended relegation for three or four years, then playing without the fear of dropping into Serie B would give the chance to adjust the contractual rapport with athletes.
“All the contracts can expire and we start from scratch. I suggested it to Adriano Galliani, so we’ll see...”
The Blucerchiati were promoted back into the top flight this season after just one year in Serie B.
“The fact remains there are no pushover teams nowadays and maintaining your place in the Division is crucial for Sampdoria to balance the budget. We want to excite the fans, but also keep an eye on the figures.”