Italian FA president resigns after 2018 World Cup exit

Updated: Nov 21, 2017, 08:49 IST | AFP

Italian football federation chief Carlo Tavecchio became the latest victim of the Azzurri's World Cup qualifying disaster falling on his sword Monday, days after the sacking of coach Gian Piero Ventura

Italian football federation chief Carlo Tavecchio became the latest victim of the Azzurri's World Cup qualifying disaster falling on his sword Monday, days after the sacking of coach Gian Piero Ventura. A week after missing out on qualifying for the World Cup final for the first time since 1958, former World Cup superstars Italy find themselves in a power vacuum. The 74-year-old had come under fire notably from Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) president Giovanni Malago for not quitting immediately after Italy's 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden.

This file photo taken on January 10, 2016 shows Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president, Carlo Tavecchio looking on during the women's futsal match between Sporting Locri and Lazio at the Sport Centre in Locri, southern Italy. Italian FA president Carlo Tavecchio resigned on November 20, 2017 according to the Federation. Pic/AFP
This file photo taken on January 10, 2016 shows Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president, Carlo Tavecchio looking on during the women's futsal match between Sporting Locri and Lazio at the Sport Centre in Locri, southern Italy. Italian FA president Carlo Tavecchio resigned on November 20, 2017 according to the Federation. Pic/AFP

His hand was forced during a meeting of the FIGC's federal council in Rome when the veteran official found himself abandoned by his remaining supporters in the Amateur League. In an explosive press conference afterwards an angry Tavecchio insisted he was at a loss to understand why he alone had to take the rap. "I resigned, and as a mere political act, I asked those of the Federal Council to join me, but none of them did so it's just me," he said. "I think we've reached a point of no return. The political picture hadn't changed until this morning. "Serious decisions were taken, when the most important subjects, Serie A and B, are absent."

Leadership elections for both bodies are scheduled this month and Tavecchio had wanted to present his plan for the renaissance of Italian football before all components. But his opponents wanted his head and elections for a new president are planned within a delay of 90 days. The outgoing president should organise elections but Malago announced that CONI were stepping in to manage the affairs of FIGC.

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