Sunday August 4 2013
Thohir at Inter 'a guiding light'

The Lega Serie A and FIGC Presidents hope Erick Thohir’s Inter investment is “a guiding light for the future.”

Inter patron Massimo Moratti said this weekend he’s decided to sell at least part of his shares to Indonesian magnate Thohir in order to increase revenue and make the brand global.

“This vision of the future needs to be a guiding light for the future of all of us,” Lega Serie A President Maurizio Beretta told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“After all, international investors only show an interest in precious things. This is therefore recognition for a movement that has a strong tradition, history of success and a tournament that is liked abroad.

“Now we need another step up in quality to make the most of our solid platform in this country to play a role on the global system.

“It is a challenge that many Presidents are asking us about and we must follow that up. We started late in this regard compared to the Premier League and need many elements, starting from new stadiums that are fundamental to sell the product abroad.”

Federation President Giancarlo Abete also commented on the internationalisation of Serie A.

“It’s true, we need to stick together more in Italian football. The interest of a foreign investor in our clubs makes us proud, as it shows the activity of the movement. At the same time, it makes us sad, as I’d love for all the legendary families who made Italian football great to remain in charge of their teams.”

So far only one Serie A club is owned by foreign investors, as Roma were bought out by a Boston-based conglomerate that also owns the Red Sox.

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