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Wednesday January 8 2020
Official: Dal Pino new Serie A chief

The new Lega Serie A President has been elected, as Paolo Dal Pino received 12 out of 20 votes from the top flight clubs.

It was just one more vote than the majority required to secure the election, after two previous attempts had failed to reach the quorum.

Dal Pino is from Milan and has worked for Fininvest, Mondadori, Kataweb, Telecom, SEAT, Pirelli and Wind.

He received 12 votes, Gaetano Miccichè had seven, with one left blank.

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Thursday December 19 2019
Artist sorry for monkey works

Simone Fugazzotto, the artist behind Serie A’s controversial anti-racism initiative, has apologised for the “misunderstandings” his work has caused.

Lega Serie A enlisted the talents of Fugazzotto – known for his use of monkeys in his art – to draw up a campaign that would signify the division’s stance against discrimination.

However, it caused a huge backlash both in Italy and abroad, forcing the League and now the artist to accept the initiative was poorly executed.

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Wednesday December 18 2019
Gravina: 'Serie A attacks unwarranted'

FIGC chief Gabriele Gravina claims Serie A has been “exposed to a series of attacks that we don’t deserve” and backs Giancarlo Abete to steady the ship.

Serie A has been under a hail of controversy this week after it rolled out a new initiative to combat racism with three monkey faces.

That forced CEO Luigi De Siervo to issue a partial apology, although artist Simone Fugazzotto stood by his works.

“Advertising campaigns are always exaggerated to strike attention,” Gravina said at a council meeting.

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Wednesday December 18 2019
Abete to be Serie A commissioner

The Italian Football Federation has named former FIGC President Giancarlo Abete as commissioner of the Lega Serie A following the resignation of Mario Cicala.

Cicala had only been in the job for a number of days, but was forced to resign due to previously undisclosed links to Lazio.

This proved to be a conflict of interest and therefore Cicala was forced to resign.

Cicala had replaced Gaetano Micciche, who resigned on December 3.

Former FIGC President Abete has now been named as commissioner of the league, report news agency Ansa.

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Wednesday December 18 2019
Artist: 'Anti-racism campaign worked'

The Serie A monkey anti-racism art was “too complex” for many, but the artist responsible believes the controversy proves it was successful. “People stopped listening” to anti-racism campaigns.

Following the international outrage over a trio of paintings of monkeys for an initiative combating racism in football, the Lega Serie A apologised “to anyone who was offended by the work.”

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Tuesday December 17 2019
Serie A sorry for monkey works

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Tuesday December 17 2019
Milan 'surprised' by monkey campaign

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Monday December 16 2019
Backlash grows for racism campaign

Romelu Lukaku’s agent said the Lega Serie A’s anti-racism campaign is “embarrassing,” while Roma and Kick It Out suggest it is revisited.

The three paintings by artist Simone Fugazzotto are meant to be part of a wider initiative combating racism in football, but its use of monkeys to stop fans making racist monkey noises at black players has inevitably hit the wrong note.

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Monday December 16 2019
EXCLUSIVE: Artist on 'racist' campaign

Football Italia exclusively interviews Simone Fugazzotto, the artist behind the controversial Serie A anti-racism campaign. “We wanted to make people reflect.”

The paintings were originally made in May to mark the Coppa Italia Final between Lazio and Atalanta, but were brought back by the Lega Serie A as part of today’s far-reaching initiative combating racism in stadiums.

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Wednesday December 4 2019
De Siervo: 'Clumsy smear attempt'

Serie A CEO Luigi De Siervo has branded leaked audio of him urging broadcasters not to pick up racist chanting “a clumsy attempt to embarrass me”.

La Repubblica yesterday published a transcript of a leaked audio file, which heard De Siervo advising TV companies to turn off microphones in the event of racial abuse during Serie A matches, so as to preserve the “product”.

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