A disastrous day for Italian football concludes as chaos, stubbornness and eventually gridlock grip the electorate.
As if the crisis Calcio Italiano finds itself could not get any worse, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) will take over the FIGC.
After four rounds of voting, wheeling and dealing and insanity, nothing was accomplished and another black eye was dealt to the federation.
Italian federation voting blocks for Monday’s presidential election:
12% Serie A (first division)
5% Serie B (second division)
17% Lega Pro (third division)
34% Lega Dilettanti (amateurs)
20% Assocalciatori (players)
10% Assoallenatori (coaches)
2% Assoarbitri (referees)
— Paul Kennedy (@pkedit) January 29, 2018
In an afternoon with no winners except for CONI President Giovanni Malago’, things seem to have hit a new low after the Sweden debacle. In particular is Damiano Tommasi, who not only finished with the least amount of votes each of the first three rounds, his worst fear was confirmed as CONI will take over.
Gabriele Gravina, one of the three candidates, apologized to all Italians for not being able to elect a leader.
“I just couldn’t accept [Cosimo Sibilia’s] offer,” Gravina said. Had the parties come to an agreement, it’s likely the FIGC would have a new president, avoiding the commissioning all together.
When the assembly concluded it’s duties, things only got worse. Various club presidents took shots at one another in front of the cameras, most notably Lazio President Claudio Lotito and Torino President Urbano Cairo, who sparred on what the commissario would entail.
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis said while leaving, “I knew it would end like this, what a complete waste of time.”
Outspoken Sampdoria President Massimo Ferrero echoed De Laurentiis’ sentiments, “It was written beforehand it would end this way seeing as there were three candidates. This was a farce!”