Saturday August 2 2014
Cagliari: 'Tavecchio must step back'

Cagliari withdrew support from racism row FIGC candidate Carlo Tavecchio. “He created embarrassment and has to step back.”

Tavecchio is refusing to pull out of the running for the Federation President ahead of the election on August 11, as he technically still has enough backing to beat Demetrio Albertini.

However, Fiorentina, Sampdoria, Sassuolo, Cesena and now Cagliari have changed their allegiance.

“I supported a programme of reforms, not words thrown into the wind,” patron Giulini told L’Unione Sarda.

“There are some urgent changes to be made, from second teams to youth sectors, and we cannot lose everything after an absolutely unfortunate phrase.

“Reforms have to be enacted with a strong consensus and it seems to me this is disappearing day by day.

“Therefore it would be opportune for Tavecchio to take a step back. The matter created international embarrassment and now more than ever Italian football needs to regain its credibility.”

It is a change of position from Monday, when Giulini had said Tavecchio’s racist comment was “a bad own goal, but not a red card offence.”

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