Monday August 11 2014
Parma, Genoa support Tavecchio

Parma and Genoa’s Presidents have asserted their support for FIGC presidential candidate Carlo Tavecchio today.

The Italian Football Federation’s 278 candidates eligible to vote are convening today in Rome to determine Giancarlo Abete’s replacement as their President.

Carlo Tavecchio remains outright favourite to beat Demetrio Albertini in the vote, despite pressure for both to stand down without holding enough support from Serie A.

However, on from a handful of clubs re-offering their backing to Tavecchio over the weekend, Parma and Genoa have again made clear their support too.

“In the past there have been worse figures. Synergy between the Leagues is the only way,” Ducali patron Tommaso Ghirardi has told reporters today.

“I am faithful to what we decided in the assembly of the League - 18 clubs in those circumstances supported the candidacy of Tavecchio and, without signing, have shared in the program.

“Against Tavecchio has been a paradoxical media campaign, in this world what seems to count are words and not substance…

“We have shared in a program in the League assembly, the only forum for policy discussions and decisions.”

Genoa chief Enrico Preziosi reiterated a similar message: “The criticisms levelled at Tavecchio are dictated only by false morality.

“His words were serious and unpleasant, but he apologised.

“Is the League split? That is what the loser would say…and when you sign the documents, you cannot take a step back. I am consistent.”

Juventus and Torino have made clear their unwillingness to back Tavecchio, whilst Roma are another club to have not backed the 71-year-old from the very start.

Giallorosso CEO Mauro Baldissoni was brief in talking to reporters today: “Our position is known.”

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