Serie A elects Paolo Dal Pino as President

9 January 2020 | Finance & Regulation
Serie A elects Paolo Dal Pino as President
Serie A, Italy’s top-flight soccer league, has named Paolo Dal Pino, the Chief Executive of Telit Communications, as its new president.

According to the Associated Press, Dal Pino received 12 votes from the 20-team competition, one more than the 11 required to secure the role.

He saw off competition from Gaetano Miccichè, who was forced to resign from the role in November following an investigation into irregularities with how he was elected in 2018.

Miccichè received seven votes, while one ballot remained blank.

Since Miccichè’s resignation Serie A has had two emergency leaders in the form of Mario Cicala and Giancarlo Abete.

Dal Pino’s appointment comes at a turbulent time for Serie A, which has been in the spotlight for multiple incidents of racism this season and was widely condemned for its latest campaign attempting to tackle the issue.

Serie A has also come under fire for its decision to take a second consecutive edition of its Super Cup competition to Saudi Arabia, with Qatari broadcaster BeIN Sports warning that the league is risking UK£390 million (US$500 million) worth of overseas rights contracts with the company by doing so.

In addition, Serie A is yet to finalise its future strategy for its broadcast rights, continuing to stall over a decision on Spanish agency Mediapro’s plan to launch a dedicated league channel.

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