Tuesday August 12 2014
‘Tavecchio not ideal, but…’

Former FIGC and CONI President Franco Carraro admits that Carlo Tavecchio may not be ‘ideal’, but suggests he is still ‘the best option’.

The 71-year-old was elected as the Italian Football Federation’s next President in three rounds of voting in Rome yesterday.

This came in spite of controversy surrounding his candidacy following racist and sexist remarks made, but he has backing in the form of one of his predecessors.

“He is not the ideal President for Italian football,” Carraro, who held more than one senior role at the FIGC during a 40-year career in sport, has today told Il Fatto Quotidiano.

“And I do not deny that his shortcomings are obvious, he does not speak well, of course, yet he is the man of this moment, the best possible option.

“And Demetrio Albertini? He made an incredible speech on medals and merit, but I wonder where has he been for the past eight years?

“Was it perhaps another Albertini who drove out Claudio Gentile from the Italy Under-21 team, and winner of an Olympic bronze medal, to appoint his friend Pierluigi Casiraghi?”

Carraro served as FIGC President in the 1970s and again between 2001 and 2006, having to resign for being implicated in the Calciopoli scandal.