Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Rossi named FIGC commissioner

Guido Rossi has been appointed as commissioner of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), it has been confirmed.

Rossi’s name was put forward yesterday and the decision to hire the 75-year-old was taken by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) at a crisis meeting earlier on Tuesday. CONI have opted to put the FIGC under emergency administration in the aftermath of the match-fixing allegations and subsequent investigations.

Rossi takes control of the organisation after previous President Franco Carraro and Innocenzo Mazzini, his deputy, quit last week. The 75-year-old Rossi has been brought in to re-organise the FIGC which has lost widespread credibility over the last 14 days. Rossi, a former head of stock market regulator Consob, will be aided by four sub-commissioners with one of those hailing from the football community.

Meanwhile, the investigations into alleged sporting fraud are continuing today with some high profile names being interviewed. Football League chief Adriano Galliani, Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti and Inter Coach Roberto Mancini are all being spoken to. Former Italian referee Pierlugi Collina, who was forced to resign at the start of this season over a conflict of interests row, is being contacted too. However, the four men are simply being asked for their informed opinions on the situation and are not under investigation themselves.


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