Casini: 'Serie A, quadro non confortante tra ricavi e stadi: serve piano industriale e nuova governance per la Lega'
The president of Lega Serie A Lorenzo Casini granted an interview to The Gazzetta dello Sport, in which he took stock of his first months in office. Among the topics covered the ongoing “battle” with the Football Association regarding the liquidity index: “The FIGC wanted to introduce stricter criteria to ensure financial sustainability and we agree on this. What has not worked are the timing and ways in which measures have been introduced with retroactive effect. The A didn’t get the listening it deserved, the Lega represented him several times and in the end we were forced to defend ourselves with an appeal that was partially accepted by the highest body of sports justice, the Coni guarantee board with joint sections. The matter could have ended like this, but therein FIGC instead of immediately calling a federal council, it did not accept the ruling of sports justice and its Supreme Court, which worries me a lot because it is a serious precedent for the entire system. He inexplicably appealed to the TAR against a device, without even waiting for the decision and motivations of the College; and even asked for the suspension of the device as a precaution, when there is no danger for the Serie A and for the teams. I just hope we get to work together as soon as possible for the real reforms that are needed for Italian football. “

On the next challenges of the League: “Create a media company and improve the structure. The League has a few dozen employees, the Spanish Liga ten times as much. The League, with little effort, it could become a real support for clubs in their relationship with institutions and technical support on issues such as infrastructures and commercialization. Resources can increase by both increasing revenues and reducing costs. In the first case, the marketing of audiovisual rights abroad must be freed from legislative limits that reduce opportunities. For example, there is a maximum term of 3 years, while in other countries it also reaches 8-9. It is a subject that the Parliament and the Government, with Undersecretary Vezzali, whom I thank, have well understood. Then investments in new technologies, such as fan tokens and Nft as an additional source of income, even if more volatile and uncertain, as Bill Gates also noted. There is the income from betting, from which football gets nothing even though it is the object. And finally, there is the long-term issue of revenues from investments in infrastructures and stadiums “.

On cost reduction: “We can start from commissions to brokers and prosecutors, a case not only in Italy and on which Fifa will intervene in the autumn with a new regulation. Then we need to review the tax legislation: one issue is the non-deductibility of IRAP, because the players’ contracts are necessarily fixed-term. Salary cap? It cannot be solved by a single country. It must be dealt with at least at a European level because it poses serious competitiveness problems. A club’s overall spending ceiling is different, as a percentage as UEFA has already introduced, but not on the individual player. “

On the new stadiums: “The first problem is procedures and times, with administrations often in difficulty. A remedy on which Undersecretary Vezzali is working, and which I share, is to have a government control room with all the administrations concerned, the FIGC, the Leagues, the Sports Credit Institute, to examine the dossiers and try to dissolve all the knots that slow down the procedures “.

On the increasingly frequent foreign properties: “I am well aware of both foreign-owned investment and investment funds. It means believing in Serie A’s ability to grow. Different experiences and nationalities can enrich the League. US properties can bring more investments into women’s football, a movement that the FIGC has made grow and which, with the transition to professionalism, I hope will in the future enter the League with its own division. “

On the crisis of Italian football and the absence from the World Cup: “It weighs a lot, also because it is the second time in a row. The most negative impact is on the youngest, who between the last World Cup with Italy on the field and the next one at least 12 years have passed. We need to invest in nurseries, training and training centers, developing rules that provide for prizes and incentives for those who field young Italians “.

On referees and VARs: “The Var has improved the game and the introduction of the Challenge should be considered, which could clear the field of unnecessary suspects. The possibility for the referees to speak after the match? I see pros and cons. Greater transparency can also trigger other controversies. The figure of the referee-judge, who speaks little, has its own validity “.

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