Saturday January 18 2020
Commisso: 'Can't take advantage of me'

Fiorentina President Rocco Commisso warned he is “not an uncle from America that came here to be taken advantage of. I need to have control.”

The Italian-born self-made billionaire loves the sport and dived in head-first to the world of Calcio after purchasing Fiorentina from the Della Valle brothers last summer.

“I took a calculated risk,” Commisso told Bloomberg. “Now was the time to act, the price was right and I made the decision.”

However, he is now coming crashing up against the wall of Italian red tape, particularly with regards to an issue that has tortured many owners of Serie A clubs – building a new stadium.

“One, whatever we do, just like when I acquired Fiorentina, we’ve got to do it fast,” he said.

“Two, at a reasonable cost. Don’t think I’m an uncle from America that came here to be taken advantage of. Three, I need to have control.”

Deloitte calculated that in the 2017-18 season, the Premier League earned €3.2bn in broadcasting revenue, more than double the €1.3bn of Serie A.

“I’m trying to be outspoken and help change the system. As a league, we have to increase revenue.”

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