Monday July 28 2014
Empoli will 'discuss' Tavecchio

Empoli President Fabrizio Corsi admits Serie A patrons will “discuss” Carlo Tavecchio’s racism row during today’s fixtures ceremony.

The front-runner for the FIGC Presidency is facing numerous calls to step down and even threats of legal action after he made racist comments during his presentation speech on Friday.

“We say that any old Opti Pobà can come here, before he was eating bananas, now he’s playing in the Lazio first XI,” said 71-year-old Tavecchio.

“It was an unfortunate phrase,” said Empoli President Corsi, who seemed concerned at condemnation from FIFA and the EU.

“We are going to Milan today for the Serie A draw. All the Presidents will be there, so we’ll certainly discuss this too.

“As far as I am concerned, it seems like a gaffe, but we’ll see over the next few days whether it has a substantial effect on football and we’ll take the logical steps from there.

“Tonight will be important. I consider it to be a gaffe, but I see it is sparking international mechanisms, so it will be important to discuss it this evening.

“We are new to the Lega. The only thing I can say for certain is that it was an unfortunate phrase.”

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