The number 1 of the FIGC intervenes in the penalty case: “Juve is a model, but it amazes me if alterations emerge and you cling to some formalisms…”
It is a worried Gabriele Gravina who commented in the FIGC on the first federal council of the year (which elected the new vice president Daniele Ortolano, councilor of the NLD, and approved the 2023 budget which is growing with 488 thousand euros in revenues and the postponement of a month of checks on INPS contributions). The theme is still, above all, the Juve case: “I’m sorry, I’d be foolish to think that this situation could generate satisfaction, I’d be a masochist. Juventus has always represented a model of economy and valorisation of assets, also in the launch of women’s football and second teams. I’d be crazy to think I’d be happy that one of my companies could experience a situation of this type, but there are rules and they must be applied rigorously”.
PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED
The federal president then continues: “It is not up to me to pass judgments on guilt, it is up to the justice bodies whose autonomy we respect, but I am amazed if alterations emerge and we cling to some formalisms”. And on the possibility of better regulating capital gains: “I have to find procedures that guarantee the safety of the bomb-proof system, also with the help of the Italian government. Which? I don’t see tools today. At UEFA level we have been working on it for some time, in the event of an exchange of capital goods such as football players, if there is no exchange of finance, take into consideration the objective value present in the club’s financial statements. We are open, we want to solve this problem, set limits”. On any responsibilities of the FIGC he specifies: “We have none other than having wanted to verify all the way, we are not distracted. Perhaps the only fault we have is that of being too fast, of not wanting to suffer the delays of ordinary justice. We are very worried. What emerges gives a cross-section of a world that is not beautiful and this hurts”.
Gravina also returns to the episodes of violence and threats that are staining football at the moment: “These are things that annoy me, threats to Chiné or to me and my family generate tensions, but this climate doesn’t intimidate me very little. I have quite clear ideas on what to do in the world of football, today the board has given signs of unity, let’s move forward thinking about reforms. Football needs to change.”
Finally, a comment on the sentence of the Court of Madrid in favor of the Super League: “I would wait for March, in a couple of months there will be the decision of the European Union which seems to me quite oriented. Today’s decision leaves the time it finds because it concerns Spanish territory. We will see what happens at European level”.
January 31, 2023 (change January 31, 2023 | 15:26)
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