Saturday August 2 2014
Zamparini: 'Cancel FIGC election'

Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini claims the FIGC election should be “postponed,” as he favours neither candidate.

The situation was thrown into chaos when Carlo Tavecchio – who had been supported by all but two of the Serie A clubs – made racist comments.

Several sides have now pulled their backing and moved to his rival Demetrio Albertini ahead of the August 11 election.

“Are Palermo still with Tavecchio? No, this is my position: no election on August 11 and we take a month to find a top level manager that our football needs,” Zamparini told La Nazione.

“It is a necessary path, because otherwise we legitimise options that will not bring results. Neither Albertini nor Tavecchio are capable of being FIGC President. One is too young and inexperienced, the other a fish out of water.

“One knows the Federation and is well-versed in its structure, but politically at this moment will find it difficult to operate."

It should be noted Albertini has been Vice-President of the FIGC since 2007.

“We need a third way. How? It’s up to the CONI to consult and if they agree we can move the election. If we do have to vote, then I still choose Tavecchio, as we need experience. Albertini is impossible.”

There is another big problem with this approach, as a new Italy Coach cannot be appointed until the Federation has a President.

The Azzurri run the very real risk of not having a tactician when Euro 2016 qualifiers begin in September.

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