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Name Damiano Tommasi
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job AIC President
  Italian Footballer
Desc Former Italy international Damiano Tommasi was the heart and soul of Roma’s midfield in 2000-01 and he proved his attachment to the Giallorossi colours when he accepted a minimum wage contract after a devastating knee injury in 2004. He moved to China last January to play for Tianjin Teda

Affiliation

Org Italian Footballers Association [AIC]
Club as Player Tianjin Teda
  AS Roma

2009 04 14 Retrieve

[Damiano Tommasi Dedicates First Goal In China To Earthquake Victims] I would like to share this goal with the people suffered the terrible earthquake in Italy. But we lost in the end and it is not important anymore. In this situation, I couldn’t be happy

2011 05 02 Retrieve

[Former Roma midfielder Damiano Tommasi named president of the Italian Footballers’ Association] It’s a great responsibility and I wanted to make the step from being an advisor, to being the president. The tough task now will be the guarantee of funds for smaller teams

2011 11 26 Retrieve

[Italian Footballers’ Association president Damiano Tommasi calls on Serie A to help the country’s economy with bonds purchase] Some of us are called up to wear the colours of the Azzurri and play for Italy. However, all of us cheer for the country and most of all we believe in its strength; that’s why we’re supporting BTP Day (Government Bond Day) on Monday. We, as an association, will purchase government bonds, and I sent a letter to the captains of all the professional clubs to invite their colleagues to do the same. I’ve already received positive signs from many of them regarding this

2011 11 30 Retrieve

[Italian Players Union president Damiano Tommasi has voiced his opinion that homosexuality is still a taboo in football and has advised any gay footballers not to publicly come out] Homosexuality is still a taboo in football in the sense that there is a different kind of cohabitation to other professions. Coming out’s to be discouraged. The fact of being identified or singled out as ‘the one who is’, regardless of your profession, whether journalist, footballer or politician, I don’t think it would be an advisable path to take. Expressing your personal sexuality is difficult in every professional environment, and even more so for a footballer, who shares a changing room with his team-mates, and hence also his intimacy with others. In our world it could cause embarrassment. In a sport in which you get undressed it could cause an extra difficulty in cohabitation

2012 04 15 Retrieve

[Damiano Tommasi to hold AIC meeting following Morosini’s death] This leaves us impotent and disarmed. Something like this is inexplicable. We are waiting for more info, any comments right now feel out of place. We had a meeting scheduled for Monday, which has been postponed, but we will convene to talk about this tragedy and the issue regarding the safety of players. If in professional divisions there are certain guarantees, tens of thousands of players in the amateur divisions undergo very few tests

2020 03 08 Tweet

[Damiano Tommasi, president of the Italian Footballers’ Association, wants all football in Italy to be suspended] Let’s stop the league!! Do we need anything else? Stop football!! #healthcomesfirst

2020 04 07 Retrieve

[AIC president Tommasi slams ‘crazy’ Serie A in wake of pay cut proposal] The AIC Board of Directors, meeting today for their usual weekly meeting, which was followed by a meeting with the representatives of the Serie A teams, deemed the proposal put forward by Lega Serie A and B to be inadmissible

The behaviour of the leagues is incomprehensible at a time like this. The desire, not so much implied, of wanting to dump on the players, putting them in a bad light, the economic damage resulting from the crisis situation, is a fact that makes you reconsider the entrepreneurial credibility of those who should be ferrying the football system at this difficult time

The behaviour of the leagues is incomprehensible at a time like this. The desire, not so much implied, of wanting to dump on the players, putting them in a bad light, the economic damage resulting from the crisis situation, is a fact that makes you reconsider the entrepreneurial credibility of those who should be ferrying the football system at this difficult time

The same Presidents who would like a suspension of salaries sent their teams out to play until March 9, made them train until mid-March and still monitor and control individual training carried out according to the directives of their coaches

The discussion of the past few weeks focused on the contestation of remaining payments to be suspended or postponed, but it never went beyond short telephone calls

Now we understand why no agreement was sought on the technical changes to the Collective Agreement. The real intention [of clubs] is not to pay. It leaves us stunned, given that several teams are already sitting with their players, to discuss how to help each other at a time like this

If the Serie A clubs have to meet at an assembly meeting to say they won’t pay wages when in reality, face to face with the players, individual clubs are looking for common-sense agreements, it’s very worrying. I can’t understand the business logic behind this behaviour: putting the players, the main protagonists, in a bad light, when almost everyone else is already discussing with clubs how to get out of this crisis together. It seems crazy to me

2020 05 25 Retrieve

[Serie A closing in on June return date] If the conditions are met, the players are happy to start again. Criticising does not mean being against the recovery. Temperatures, travel and more – the critical issues are there and we highlight them. But the desire is to play in the best possible way anyway.