Tavecchio refuses to resign, Ventura sacked

John Solano

Former Roma midfielder and current president of the Italian Footballers’ Association, Damiano Tommasi, spoke to Sky Sport after abruptly leaving today’s Italian Football Federation (FIGC) meeting in Rome after president Carlo Tavecchio refused to resign followings Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup. These are his words:

“He (Tavecchio) did not resign, it was a surreal meeting. The only thing we wanted to hear is that we would start from scratch and hold new elections, but the president stated he wouldn’t resign. The others haven’t taken a position and said they’d decide in the future. There doesn’t appear to be the mood for change. I do not think that this is a good message. I just came here to represent a category who expressed their opinion. I believe that the office should be reset and we should go to the next elections.”

Just minutes ago, though, the FIGC did officially announce that manager Giampiero Ventura has been sacked following his failure to qualify for the World Cup. However, it was also officially communicated that Tavecchio has refused to step down as president of the Italian federation.

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