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Name Gabriele Gravina
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Job President of FIGC
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Org Italian Football Federation [FIGC]
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2019 10 13 Retrieve

[Gabriele Gravina, believes the nation have turned an important corner on and off the pitch in the wake of recent success] It’s a dream that has become reality this evening, a wonderful moment. The most important thing is that the people have rediscovered their enthusiasm for the Azzurri and we are certainly on the right track, recovering a lot of what we had lost in recent years

2020 03 08 Tweet

[The president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has said that the governing body cannot rule out the possibility of suspending the entire season] If a Serie A player were to test positive for the Coronavirus, we would not rule out suspended the whole season. We have to be realistic. In those circumstances we would have to adopt all the necessary procedures to guarantee, first and foremost, the health of our athletes, then consider what impact it can have on sporting competition

We cannot rule anything out at the moment but we should also try not to dream up a scenario for a situation that, at this moment, we cannot predict. Playing behind closed doors is certainly not ideal for any match. But seeing club presidents arguing over what is in their own interests sends out a very bad message and damages Italian football. Anyone who only looks after their own small patch of grass is contributing to the slow death of our sporting system

2020 04 23 Retrieve

[FIGC president Gabriele Gravina is set to adopt a resolution that will give the Italian top flight most of the summer to be completed] The football world is working incessantly and responsibly to find concrete and sustainable solutions to the crisis generated by Covid-19, including those necessary to safeguard the 2020-21 competitions. I thank minister [for sport Vincenzo] Spadafora for the attention he gave to us in Wednesday’s meeting, during which our approach was explained in depth. We want to return to play safely because that is what common sense dictates and we are asked to do so by the international bodies to which Italian football is connected.

[Gravina aimed a dig at critics suggesting football has been given preferential treatment during the coronavirus crisis] I am astonished that I have to again realise the temptation to talk constantly about football, for the notoriety that this brings, prompts some to comment on things of which they are obviously ill-informed

2020 04 28 Retrieve

[Italy sport minister Spadafora says it would be much easier to end Serie A season] We’ve always said that we’d like to restart once the conditions have been met, and the horizon offered by the government allows us to do that. We’re convinced of the path that we’ve taken because it’s a serious and responsible one, the only one that serves the general interest of the system and Italian sport which, for several reasons, would also be damaged by abandonment of the Serie A season. Our medical and scientific commission has drawn up a very rigorous protocol, as did all the other sectors that want to restart, but we’re ready to integrate it and modify it by implanting the guidelines of the commission, CONI [Italian National Olympic Committee] and recognising the FMSI [Italian Sports Medicine Federation] as a scientific reference to harmonise everything

2020 04 30 Retrieve

[Cancelling season would be the death of Italian football] As long as I’m president of the FIGC, I’ll never sign off stopping the season because that would be the death of Italian football. I’m protecting the interests of everyone so, I repeat, I refuse to sign off a total shutdown, unless there are objective conditions relating to the health of everyone involved, but someone has to tell me clearly and stop me from moving forward. With a total shutdown, the system would lose €700-800 million. If we were to play behind closed doors, the losses would be €300m, and if we restarted with fans, the losses would amount to €100-150m, even though the latter isn’t viable. We have strong contractual responsibilities towards international partners and institutions, such as UEFA and FIFA

Yes, I would accept it. But I never asked myself the question. Starting the season again disadvantages us in a way. We had made a choice; believing that we could not play on three fronts, we had sacrificed the Europa League, because for timing and transfers it was the most uncomfortable competition. So, we would be able to play once a week while other teams played twice. If we start again, we would all play twice a week, so we would lose that advantage

2020 05 01 Retrieve

[Gravina has said he will never cancel the Serie A season] I’m protecting the interests of everyone so, I repeat, I refuse to sign off a total shutdown, unless there are objective conditions relating to the health of everyone involved, but someone has to tell me clearly and stop me from moving forward. With a total shutdown, the system would lose €700-800 million. If we were to play behind closed doors, the losses would be €300m, and if we restarted with fans, the losses would amount to €100-150m, even though the latter isn’t viable. We have strong contractual responsibilities towards international partners and institutions, such as UEFA and FIFA

2020 05 03 Retrieve

[Serie A clubs allowed to resume training on Monday] As long as I’m president of the FIGC, I’ll never sign off stopping the season because that would be the death of Italian football. I’m protecting the interests of everyone so, I repeat, I refuse to sign off a total shutdown, unless there are objective conditions relating to the health of everyone involved, but someone has to tell me clearly and stop me from moving forward

2020 05 27 Retrieve

[Coronavirus could cost Serie A more than €700m] The job of the federation is to get football running again and prevent the economic crisis irreparably damaging Italian passion for the sport. We worked with determination to ensure Italy as a country gets back on its feet, including football, which is an important working sector that involves circa 100,000 employees and generates revenue for the state. We’ve worked incessantly with minister for sport Vincenzo Spadafora, the minister for economy and Finance Roberto Gualtieri and minister for health Roberto Speranza, to create secure conditions for professional football to resume. This is because only by returning to the pitch can we stop the collapse of revenue which in the short-term would otherwise be over €700m. More than €500m has already been lost to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown

2020 05 28 Retrieve

[Serie A resumption provides hope to Italy amid coronavirus pandemic] The restart of football represents a message of hope for the whole country. I am happy and satisfied. It is a success we share with minister Spadafora and all the federal components. Ours is a project of great responsibility because it invests everything in the professional world of Serie A, B, C and, hopefully, also the women’s Serie A.

2020 06 08 Retrieve

[Serie A’s ‘Plan B’ announced in case of new coronavirus setback] Football is the winner today, with regards to consistency. From the outset, we all supported the need to stay in the international scene. Italy is one of the big five leagues in European football. We made the decision to finish our competitions and we’ll continue on this path. Today, football has shown consistency. I’m convinced there will be great togetherness and that we’ll coordinate like we’ve always done with all our stakeholders, including Lega Serie A, which doesn’t come out as the loser in all of this. In the event of a stop, we’ve planned a new format with playoffs and playouts, like UEFA asked for. The pitch aside, there’s no better solution than to contest playoffs and playouts. A mini-tournament is always better than an algorithm, which has been clarified anyway: it’s a weighted average that takes into account the weight derived from the average number of points picked up at home and away from home, multiplied by the remaining games. Lega Serie A has approved and accepted it, even though we hope we won’t need it.

2020 07 02 Retrieve

[Serie A announces fixture list for remainder of season] It’s something I really wish for with all my heart. It’s unthinkable that in a stadium that can hold 60,000 there’s not space for a small percentage of fans with the necessary precautions

Football has never asked for shortcuts. There are clear rules that allow you to continue activity, isolating an athlete or member of staff, and continuing training. The hope is that soon there will be a re-evaluation, a week before the start of the tournaments. We will send a new proposal in the hope that it can find space in the revision of the rules, which are today creating anxiety and worry in our sport