Wednesday May 20 2015
Renzi, Tavecchio on scandal

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is ‘disgusted’ with the latest match-fixing scandal, while FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio demands monitoring of directors.

More than 50 people were arrested in Catanzaro on Tuesday over the scandal that hit Serie D and Lega Pro, which is believed to be linked the Calabrian mafia known as the ‘Ndrangheta.

“Enough with questionable characters governing the world of football,” Renzi said to RTL.

“Let’s give the ball back to the families, I will make an appeal to the federations.

“It’s time for change. I’m disgusted because football is an additional quality for this country.

“The elections have passed and I would like to do something, so let's get around a table and talk about it - clarity is needed.”

Tavecchio responded to Renzi’s comments by outlining how he believes the sport should move forward from the latest unsavoury events in the Italian game.

“Football is the injured party in these events and we don’t have the desire or strength to defend it,” he said to Canale 5.

“Football lacks education - we have to change this by having educated directors.

“There are around two hundred directors so we need to have a database so that we know what they are doing.

“They need monitoring, otherwise we won’t solve this situation. We need a kind of criminal record, because the same individuals are always involved in the end.

“I still remember the scandal of the 80s, it was so repetitive that it became monotonous.”

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