Monday April 21 2014
Malago: Italian season below par

CONI President Giovanni Malago has labelled this Serie A season as ‘below par’ beyond Juventus and Roma, saying that something must be changed.

The Italian National Olympic Committee’s head has made clear his dissatisfaction with the strength of the competition in the Italian top flight this term.

“What is coming to an end has not been a great championship, even if Juventus have been monstrous and Roma fantastic,” Malago has commented today on Radio Anch’io Lo Sport.

“For too many months the positions in the League have been locked in a season which has been below par, as has also been shown by the Italian clubs’ path in the European Cups.

“This year clubs do not need 40 points to avoid relegation, they can achieve survival with a lot less.

“There have been so many games that haven’t been pretty, topped with a spectacle in front of quiet stadiums.

“Certainly compliments should be made to Juve and I wish them luck to win the Europa League. Roma have been great, but with those numbers they had to win a championship. We must do something.”

Malago, whose organisation are responsible for the development and management of sport in Italy, was asked what must change.

“Football pays the treasury more than €1bn a year and CONI receives around €10m for its task, we must not forget.

“But you have to wonder why a few years ago the League was the best in the world and now we have slipped back.

“We do not have the money of the sheikhs who have bought big clubs abroad, so we need to find alternatives, with an intelligent policy.

“If I think back to years ago, when our football was at the top, instead of squandering nefarious amounts on signings, Presidents could have invested a few million in stadiums. It was a scandalous choice.”