CONI President Malago: “Football Is A World Apart & Facing A Different Economic Situation To Other Realities”

In an interview with Milan based newspaper Corriere della Sera, Giovanni Malago, the president of the Italian Olympic Committee, has thanked Italian football federation president Gabriele Gravina for keeping him updated during these difficult times.

Sporting activity across Italy is on hold until at least April 3 due to the ongoing global Coronavirus pandemic but given the severity of the situation it is highly unlikely that any sporting events will take place anywhere close to that date.

It has been reported in recent days that when it comes to Serie A there is a split amongst the 20 clubs. Some clubs are wanting the season to resume as soon as possible and be finished whilst other clubs are of the belief that there will be no more of this season played.

“I’m frequently in contact with the President of the Federation Gabriele Gravina. He keeps me updated on everything and for this I thank him,” he remarked.

“It’s clear that we are talking about a world apart and I refer to Serie A, who are facing a different economic situation compared to all the other realities.

“I think they will play their game and I can’t do anything but respect it. The organisation of the championships by statute belongs to the FIGC, which then relies on the Lega.”

In conclusion Malago, who has been at the helm of the Italian Olympic Committee since early 2013, said it will all ultimately depend on the government.

“Football, like the Olympics, has to deal with the virus. The government dictates the agenda. At the moment there are no certainties.”

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