Published On: Mon, Sep 1st, 2014

Tavecchio: Too many foreigners in Serie A

Carlo TavecchioFIGC President Carlo Tavecchio has again sparked controversy with his comments once again by claiming foreign players are ruining Serie A.

Tavecchio is not shy of controversial comments as over the summer he referred to African players as Banana eaters.

“There are too many foreigners in the league,” Tavecchio told Radio Rai.  “It’s one of the problems of Italian football. We can not go on like this.

“We cannot do anything about the EU players, the clubs are entitled to play 11 out of 11 from the 28 countries in the European Community.

“The problem is the immigrants. It’s difficult to intervene in any legal procedures, so it’s best to build from the bottom.

“The amateur league intends to create 19 federal centres to act as catchment areas for ??700,000 young people, which will put them at the disposal of professional clubs. The goal is to create future champions in a rational manner.

“Yesterday, I saw three games on TV, and it was a reflection [of my feelings]. Out of the 66 players on the pitch, there were only 14 Italians.

“The championship [Serie A] is the mother of all battles. We’ve come back from a bad experience at the World Cup, but we want to start with a season of reform, and I’m confident [in our abilities].

“We must return the federation to the force that it once was. Nobody here can do sporting activities in Italy or Europe without the FIGC.”

Tavecchio was elected president of FIGC in early August despite his controversial past. The 71-year old Italian has made a slew of bizarre remarks and then claimed to have suffered more than former United States President John F. Kennedy. However despite his comments, Tavecchio had the support of many Serie A and Serie B clubs around the region.

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