Sunday August 10 2014
Tavecchio: 'Together for reforms'

Carlo Tavecchio’s FIGC election seems inevitable and he urged everyone to “work together to reform Italian football.”

The controversial figure has enough votes to win the election as Federation President tomorrow, beating Demetrio Albertini.

Despite making racist comments in his presentation speech two weeks ago, most of Serie A, Serie B, Lega Pro and the LND amateur league are backing him.

“In recent days I sat in silence and with the utmost respect to watch the declarations, more or less official,” said Tavecchio.

“That all distracted from the real priorities that Italian football have today. We need concrete commitments for youth sectors, sporting infrastructure, Federation academies, the reform of the Leagues and the rules of governance.

“These issues have to be followed up without further delay. It will only be possible to reform Italian football if everyone works together.

“My programme is based on the realisation of common objectives and the work we can do together.”

The Players’ Association, Coaches’ Association and Referees’ Association all support Albertini’s candidacy.

Juventus, Roma, Fiorentina, Sampdoria, Sassuolo, Torino, Empoli and Cagliari signed a paper urging both candidates to step aside and re-set the election.

Cesena had joined them, but back-tracked this afternoon.

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