Saturday August 23 2014
They Said What?!

Malky Mackay makes Carlo Tavecchio look good, Mario Balotelli's percentage points and forgetting Luis Suarez in Susy Campanale's quotes of the week.

“Carlo Tavecchio is not the ideal President for Italian football. And I do not deny that his shortcomings are obvious, he does not speak well, of course, yet he is the man of this moment, the best possible option.”

Franco Carraro points out they could’ve done worse and hired Malky Mackay

"I'm finding it really hard to believe that Carlo Tavecchio has been elected as president of the Italian FA after the comments that he made. If he was an English man making this kind of comment, politically, he would be completely out.”

Has Patrick Vieira seen the state of Italian politics? It was painfully par for the course

“There’s a 99.8 per cent chance Mario Balotelli stays.”

All Milan fans know when Adriano Galliani says that, it means his suitcase is packed

“Today Galliani has played the biggest masterstroke in the history of Milan.”

Christian Vieri evidently thinks highly of Super Mario

“I never expected to return to coaching after 35 days.”

Everyone else did, Antonio Conte

“Anyone can be called, but to be called you have to earn it. I need to look at things in 360 degrees - both for what happens on the field and for what happens away from it. Before the footballer comes the man.”

Conte may as well have just slammed the door on Balotelli and Antonio Cassano

“What was the need to change the cards on the table when a document had already been signed by 18 clubs pledging to support Tavecchio and his innovative plans?”

Because, Enrico Preziosi, that was before Tavecchio accidentally dropped the race card?

“Not even Barack Obama received as much media scrutiny as Tavecchio.”

Claudio Lotito could be fairly certain Obama wouldn’t have said African players eat bananas....

“I’m paying for an error I committed and have apologised for, but it needs to be forgotten about.”

Luis Suarez has evidently also forgotten his ludicrous attempts to justify the bite

“Our job is to ensure football is always respected, so I hope we can return to it being an enjoyable spectacle without controversy.”

What does Referees’ Association President Marcello Nicchi mean by ‘return’? When was that ever the case?!

“For me, ideas are born in Italy and then stolen by other nations.”

Gian Piero Gasperini will never forgive the invention of the Hawaiian Pizza

“I have never had a problem with Juventus as a club. I was born a Juventus fan and slept with their jersey on at night, as I grew up in Turin.”

Zdenek Zeman is a Zebra deep down

“Massimiliano Allegri feels profoundly connected to Juventus and confessed to me he has always been a Bianconeri fan!”

John Elkann reveals being a Juve fan is a phase everyone goes through, like puberty or watching WWE

“The fans need to understand that if the players make a mistake, then they will have to help them. The fans are attached to the shirt, the players are those of Napoli and must be helped, especially when they go wrong.”

The abuse hurled at Lorenzo Insigne suggests they weren’t listening to Rafa Benitez

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