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Friday December 14 2018
Serie A: Gravina sticks with 20 teams

New FIGC President Gabriele Gravina has announced his intention to keep Serie A at 20 teams.

Gravina’s predecessor Carlo Tavecchio made downsizing Serie A to 18 sides one of his election pledges, but the 65-year-old suggested tackling grassroots was more of a pressing concern.

“That 97.2 percent voted for me? I have the responsibility to fulfil an task assigned to me with such a high percentage, as well as the awareness of having to give concrete answers, at a time when the chips are down,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

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Friday December 7 2018
FIGC clamp down on ref violence

The Italian Federation (FIGC) has introduced stronger sanctions to combat violence against referees, with a minimum two-year ban.

The changes were made after a spate of incidents around the country in the lower divisions.

“For the first time, the FIGC has moved to discipline in detail through the introduction of a specific article in the Code of Justice any violent act towards referees.

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Friday December 7 2018
Leonardo, Tagliavento complete courses

Leonardo, Paolo Tagliavento, Morgan De Sanctis and Cristian Zaccardo are among those to have completed sporting director courses with the FIGC.

The FIGC confirmed them as four graduates from Coverciano after they passed a course that lasted 144 hours, stretching from September 10 to October 24.

De Sanctis retired from professional football last year to become Roma’s team manager, while Zaccardo left Hamrun Spartans over the summer, having found the Maltese side through LinkedIn.

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Friday December 7 2018
Gravina: Buffon & Totti for the FIGC!

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina has called on Italy icons Gianluigi Buffon and Francesco Totti to take up positions with the federation.

Buffon is still playing at the age of 40 with Paris Saint-Germain, while Totti retired in the summer of 2017 to become a director for Roma.

Nonetheless, Gravina told Tuttosport: “Maybe we’ll have them with us.

“They’re icons of world football and garner affection and acceptance at every event.

“How could I not express a positive opinion about them?”

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Wednesday November 28 2018
FIGC investigates Ferrero

The FIGC has opened an investigation into Sampdoria owner Massimo Ferrero after some of his assets were seized.

Calciomercato.com reports the probe will be headed by FIGC prosecutor Giuseppe Pecoraro, who has already reached out to the Prosecutor’s Office in Rome.

The federation’s involvement comes after €1.2m allegedly disappeared from the deal to take former Samp midfielder Pedro Obiang to West Ham in 2015.

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Sunday November 25 2018
'Clamp down on territorial discrimination'

New FIGC President Gabriele Gravina warns Juventus, Roma and Udinese face punishment for anti-Neapolitan chants of “territorial discrimination.”

The insults towards those from the South of Italy are already treated on the same level as racist chants, but the situation is degenerating.

On Saturday, the chants were clearly heard during both Juventus 2-0 SPAL and Udinese 1-0 Roma.

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Friday November 23 2018
Gravina: 'Italy stars for U21 Euros'

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina implies all eligible Italy players will be available for the Under-21 European Championship.

The Azzurrini are the host nation, yet also drawn in the Group of Death with Spain, Belgium and Poland.

“Spain as the opening game is an important clash that immediately gives an idea of the difficulty of this tournament,” Gravina told Rai Sport.

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Tuesday November 20 2018
Costacurta: ‘Mancini doing a great job’

Alessandro Costacurta believes Roberto Mancini is doing “a great job” as Italy CT, though admits he would say that since “I chose him”.

The former Milan defender was sub-commissioner of the FIGC until last month, and it fell to him to appoint the new Coach of the national team.

“I chose him, so I’m party to it,” Costacurta told reporters when asked to judge Mancio’s work, speaking outside the presentation of the Gran Galà del Calcio in Milan.

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Saturday November 17 2018
Tavecchio: 'Here to encourage Italy'

Former FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio is back at San Siro “to encourage Italy” against Portugal and sniped at Giampiero Ventura.

It kicks off at 19.45 GMT, click here for the line-ups and Liveblog.

Tavecchio had hired Ventura for the Italy job and was in charge when the Azzurri lost the 2018 World Cup play-off at San Siro in November 2017.

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Saturday November 17 2018
Gravina: 'New Azzurri story'

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina is fired up at San Siro for the Nations League clash with Portugal. “The Nazionale must write a new story of youngsters.”

It kicks off at 19.45 GMT, click here for the line-ups and Liveblog.

“Italian football must write many more stories,” the new Federation chief told Sky Sport Italia.

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