Wednesday March 26 2014
‘Viola team first, then stadium’

Fiorentina board member Eugenio Giani has called for any investment in the club to be used to improve the squad, rather than to build a new stadium.

The Viola have long been linked with replacing their current Artemio Franchi home but as they strive to compete with Serie A’s top clubs.

“If we want to strengthen Fiorentina we need to do it in stages, rather than a new stadium” Giani said to Diretta Sport.

“If you’re asking the Della Valle brothers to invest €100m on a new sports park then obviously this money won’t be spent on strengthening the team.

“I don’t see the clamour for a new stadium as a positive thing. I would rather use the money to strengthen the team to consistently get into the Champions League and fight for the Scudetto.

“This way, with the profits generated and the attention it would create, Fiorentina would be better placed to invest even more on a stadium.”

The Viola's Serie A rivals Roma today announced plans to build a new stadium of their own.

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