Saturday August 2 2014
They Said What?!

The Carlo Tavecchio saga redefines 'racist connotations,' Philippe Mexes is on track and Rafa Benitez gets sexy in Susy Campanale's quotes of the week.

“Our position on the FIGC Presidential candidate is clear: we think Carlo Tavecchio’s comments are embarrassing. I am surprised that there are clubs who are still supporting him.”

Roma’s American patron James Pallotta suddenly realises why Silvio Berlusconi kept getting elected Prime Minister

“I am disconcerted by Carlo Tavecchio’s comments on bananas and ‘Opti Pobà.’ I don’t know whether to be even more shocked by the silence that surrounded them.”

Imagine how horrified Damiano Tommasi was when club Presidents broke that silence and came out in support of Tavecchio

“It was an unfortunate joke, but without any racist connotations.”

Lega Serie Pro President Mario Macalli, 77, confirms most septuagenarians don’t understand the concept of racist connotations

“Make sure to note an unacceptable phrase does not make someone a racist.”

No, Lega Serie B President Andrea Abodi, but it does make someone offensive and evidently unsuited to leading an organisation that punishes racist insults

“His language was improper. He was speaking emphatically for an hour and a half, off the cuff. You are the ones who are exasperating the situation by blowing it up in the media.”

Yes, Claudio Lotito, that pesky media firestorm that kept strangely silent for 24 hours before the social media outrage forced its way on to the front pages

“Tavecchio misspoke, but he should not be treated as a criminal. He used a colourful term.”

And Lotito just described it in bitterly ironic terms

“Are we Robin Hoods? Yes. It is an issue of equality and dignity, that is the inspirational focus.”

Lotito and Tavecchio stealing from the rich to give bananas to the poor

“FIFA asked for an investigation? What Tavecchio said is on camera, what more is there to investigate?”

Out-going FIGC President Giancarlo Abete has a point

“It’s a shame that FIFA have to get involved. We should be investigated them, not Tavecchio.”

Maurizio Zamparini says it’s the pot calling the kettle racist

“In general, Italian and international sport shows us those who aspire to certain positions need to behave the right way.”

Surely FIFA and Serie A have shown the complete opposite, John Elkann?

“I believe Tavecchio’s candidacy does represent the new.”

Abodi sums up the problem by describing a 71-year-old who has been President of the LND for 19 years as ‘new’

“I have seen a media circus descend on Tavecchio that is as ridiculous and embarrassing as the one around my age. Now that really was an act of discrimination against me, enhanced by most of the national media and pseudo-pundits. They are the same ones who are now scandalised by a phrase that was obviously, and at this point purposefully, misinterpreted. Looking at my case, and the support I received from Tavecchio, the controversy seems inopportune and a means to an end.”

Lazio player and Benjamin Button as a child Joseph Minala released a statement that was in no way influenced by Lotito being Tavecchio’s main backer

“We have seen politicians who have said and done worse things, but they stayed in their place.”

Genoa President Enrico Preziosi got his club demoted to Serie C1 for match-fixing in 2005, but he’s still there

“In 40 years of my career everyone has survived my training methods and it is all put to good use. I haven’t killed anyone yet.”

The ‘yet’ in Zdenek Zeman’s sentence will concern the current Cagliari players

“I realise that it is a concept seemingly out of place, but I say that we are on track.”

Maybe Philippe Mexes meant Milan were tied to the track with a train on its way?

“With all due respect to Astori, he’s not Diego Maradona...”

Which is why Lazio fans were annoyed Lotito couldn’t afford him either

“Someone must’ve got hold of my phone number, as I found it on the internet. The usual threatening messages started arriving, but not just those. There were strange calls, like one from Alitalia because somebody had booked a flight to Rotterdam in my name. I spent two hours trying to undo it and figure out who had done this.”

Lazio director of sport Igli Tare preferred good old-fashioned threats to the dreaded internet pranksters

“I was talking with Javier Mascherano, but also there was talk of agreements, figures, but it was not so. I like him, but I also like Kim Basinger.”

Rafa Benitez hopes Napoli’s Champions League campaign can last longer than nine and a half weeks

“Gokhan Inler came because he was a lion – and Marouane Fellaini could compensate for his lack of hair!”

Aurelio De Laurentiis reveals the successor to FFP – Fair Hair Play

“We chose Patrice Evra because he has played in a culture at Manchester United that is a lot like ours – we win.”

Beppe Marotta hopes Juventus can handle the loss of an iconic Coach better than they did

“If it goes badly, it won’t be a drama. Just participating in Serie A should be a celebration for Empoli.”

Maurizio Sarri has much to learn about football fans and their Presidents...

“Coaches with no technical experience are assigned high-level teams. It’s wrong. You need to serve apprenticeships before getting to certain benches. That is how it was for my generation.”

Zeman insists winning nothing over a few months is worse than winning nothing over several decades

“Beppe Iachini is the best Coach I’ve ever worked with. Many feel they are professors and don’t want to accept advice, which is why they make mistakes.”

And get fired by Zamparini

“I really wish that the group had the face for battle that Walter Mazzarri has.”

Inter President Erick Thohir suggests his Coach audition for Game of Thrones

“Vice-President is a prestigious role and it is not often that a player finishes a glorious career and is immediately appointed to such a role.”

Javier Zanetti is just glad he didn’t go straight into becoming a Coach

“It will be a bit weird. Coming up against them will be like seeing your ex-girlfriend shortly after the end of the relationship, together with someone else.”

New Inter signing Dodo could end the night drunkenly begging Roma to take him back

“For now Shkodran Mustafi is not for sale, but if someone arrives with a €15m offer then I’ll sell him and bring in 10 players who can become just like him.”

Sampdoria President Massimo Ferrero really knows how to make a man feel special

“We do not master the noises that come out.”

Arsene Wenger regrets putting baked beans on the Arsenal menu

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Have your say...
ha, yes sure do if i remember he made his debut against il rossoneri and got completely taken out by baresi?
on the 7th August, 2014 at 4:04pm
Here's one for all the football boffins. Who remembers Kazu Miura? Played for Genoa in the 1994-95 season, caused a bit of a stir at the time as Japan's first big football star. Heard the name today by chance - at 46 he is still active.
on the 3rd August, 2014 at 1:16am

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