Thursday March 26 2020
Malagò: 'Football a world apart'

CONI President Giovanni Malagò has claimed football “is a world apart” but insisted “the government dictates the agenda”.

The FIGC has to solve a host of implications due to the forced break and football are facing huge challenges to limit the economical damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wages, contracts and schedules are discussed daily and Malagò has revealed that the situation is “different” in football and “respects” that they will have to “play their game”.

But the CONI chief revealed that the conclusion always depends on the government’s final decision.

“I’m frequently in contact with the President of the Federation Gabriele Gravina,” he told Corriere della Sera. “He keeps me updated on everything and for this I thank him.

“It’s clear that we are talking about a world apart and I refer to Serie A, who are facing a different economic situation compared to all the other realities.

“I think they will play their game and I can’t do anything but respect it. The organisation of the championships by statute belongs to the FIGC, which then relies on the Lega.

“Football, like the Olympics, has to deal with the virus. The government dictates the agenda. At the moment there are no certainties.”

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