How to keep a team financially sustainable
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The Italian football league’s chief executive has urged fans to not only watch the sport’s big stars but also their clubs, warning that a lack of support from sponsors is holding them back.
“We are not making decisions for the sport, we are making decisions because the sport cannot exist without support,” Federico Pessina said in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“The fans should not become a problem.
If you are a fan and you love the sport and you want to see the best in your team, you can support it by paying your taxes, you will support it without a problem.”
In the interview, the 53-year-old added: “The players are a great asset to the sport.
They are not selling themselves for money.
They have a contract, a contract that must be respected.
If we don’t, we’ll go through a period of financial collapse.””
If we have the players, the fans and the sponsors in harmony, then we can see the game flourish.”
If we don’t, we’ll go through a period of financial collapse.
“We have to work together to protect the sport.”
The interview, conducted in Italy in early November, came just a week after Pessano took the reins of Inter and Italy’s third-tier league, and has been a huge success for the Italian government.
Inter, who finished third in Serie A last season, are set to play in the 2018-19 Champions League and Pessani is hoping to repeat that feat again next season.
The Italian Football League has become a popular destination for Italian soccer fans, who are now paying more than €50 million ($56.7m) for tickets.
Italian football fans have also become a target of crime, with the country’s top football club, Juventus, and Serie A club, Inter, both under investigation over alleged tax evasion.
In the past, the Italian Football Association (FIGC) has been criticised for its handling of the issue of match-fixing, which has been linked to a number of Serie A teams.
In a report released last year, the FIGC said it had uncovered evidence of organised fraud involving six Serie A clubs in the last four years.
In February, the European Court of Justice ruled that it had no legal authority to regulate match-fixed matches, as the regulations of UEFA and the European football body were not in force in Italy.
The Italian football league’s chief executive has urged fans to not only watch the sport’s big stars but also their…