Claudio Lotito is confident that the majority of Serie A’s clubs will back Carlo Tavecchio in today’s vote for the next FIGC President.
A number of clubs indicated last week in a joint statement that they would not vote for the 71-year-old or Demetrio Albertini in today’s election to determine Giancarlo Abete’s successor.
However, a handful of those clubs made U-turns over the weekend and Tavecchio is once more seen as highly likely to not only be voted in, but with a majority support from the Italian top flight.
Along this line of thinking is Lazio President Lotito, who has backed Tavecchio publicly throughout controversy over racist statements and who took time today to respond to Juventus director Beppe Marotta’s words that the FIGC is divided.
“To me there seems to be a solid majority in support of a program that was voted for unanimously by all the teams,” Lotito has told reporters in Rome ahead of the vote.
“I would like to remind everyone that Tavecchio’s name received 18 votes in favour and only two against at the meeting of the Lega Calcio, with the signing of the individual clubs from their legal representatives.
“In the case of the Presidents [against Tavecchio last week] , conversely they produced a document that was not signed and which has no legal value - because those are the facts, so much so that we will see how people vote now - and with people who have been drawn into deception because it was said that they were a collective of 10 and were only missing the 11th name, as if the 11th could do something.
“To change a resolution, according to the statutes of the League, you need at least 14 Presidents, namely 14 clubs that vote.
“Are eight teams are against Tavecchio? We will see, whilst you should remember that one swallow does not make a summer.
“There are no splits. I think of the intelligence of people and if they really have at heart the interest of the system.
“There are those who work for the system and those who work at an individual level. There have been
“We have tried to balance the particular interests, which is very strong in that Presidents
“We want to reform the system in a complete way, because we cannot go on like we are now, but we want to go forward in a collective manner.”