Miccichè quits Serie A presidency over election allegations

November 20 – Gaetano Miccichè has sensationally resigned as president of Serie A with immediate effect following an investigation into his election last year.

Miccichè was elected unanimously in March 2018 by the Italian league’s 20 clubs. But the Italian federation opened an investigation last month after Genoa owner Enrico Preziosi alleged there were irregularities in the process saying “when things are not done properly, the truth eventually erupts.”

Miccichè, also the president of Banca IMI investment bank, announced the decision in a detailed press release but his decision nevertheless came as a surprise to most observers in Italy. Serie A had been without a president for almost year before Miccichè was elected but is now seeking yet another chief.

“The disclosures published today relating to the closure of the investigation into my appointment and its possible outcome are unacceptable which is why I ended up taking this decision,” he said.

“In the recent past, I have worked on the transformation of Italian football where my focus was to bring competitiveness, increasing sporting values and also bring economic gains for the clubs and sponsors. I thank all those who have worked with me along with the number of journalists who have followed me with professionalism.”

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