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Name Gabriele Gravina
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Org Italian Football Federation [FIGC]

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

2019 10 17 Retrieve

[VAR could be used to tackle racism] If it is one, two or 10 people – action must be taken. Companies today can identify those responsible through technology. We have an experiment in mind that should give great results and we will talk about that soon. I have no intention – and nor does the world of football – to let down my guard. It astonishes me that some chants are sometimes heard and other times not: we need to understand the reasons, this isn’t normal. We will use VAR against the ‘buu’ [the noise regarded as racist in Italy]

[Gravina also said any perception of Italy as the country of the maximum concentration of racial discrimination had been disproved] It is a widespread phenomenon, to be condemned powerfully and throughout the continent

We can win the battle if we are united and focused on a common goal – removing these people from our competition

2020 03 07 Retrieve

[Coronavirus: Italian Football Federation chief warns Serie A season could be suspended] 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 03 15 Retrieve

[Italian FA to make UEFA request] We will propose to postpone Euro 2020. We want to finish the Serie A by June 30th. We will try to get to the end of this championship because it is

On Tuesday we will tackle this issue; the primary principle is the protection of health. Italy is currently two weeks ahead, the others probably do not yet know the exact size of things

2020 03 26 Retrieve

[FIGC president hoping Serie A will resume in July or August after coronavirus crisis] For as long as I’m able to, I won’t lose hope of resuming the campaign. I’ll do anything to make that happen. I find giving up very difficult. I’m aware that it’s still too early to think of a date, but we must think positively. We’ll try our best to even play at the cost of asking for support from UEFA and FIFA to go beyond June 30, therefore also taking advantage of July and August. Right now, there’s no room for individual interests. I plead for common sense because, ultimately, it’s the FIGC that will have to decide. Tomorrow [Thursday], there will be a new appointment with the government to work on a series of proposals that concern some amendments, which the government will assess, but there are many other issues of our relevance.

We don’t want to ask for money, but we’re denouncing a state of crisis. We ask the government to help us with a series of measures to help modernise our game. We’ll see them tomorrow, then we will meet again next week for a permanent and constant worktable, putting together indispensable ideas to form projects.

I consider [cancelling the season] a defeat of mine and one that diminishes the value of the competition. It would lead to an unpleasant scenario. I stubbornly reject any reflections that lead to such a conclusion. For as long as possible, I will continue to reject these hypotheses

2020 03 27 Retrieve

[Gabriele Gravina remains hopeful of resuming the 2019-20 Serie A season] For as long as I’m able to, I won’t lose hope of resuming the campaign. I’ll do anything to make that happen. I find giving up very difficult. I’m aware that it’s still too early to think of a date, but we must think positively. We’ll try our best to even play at the cost of asking for support from UEFA and FIFA to go beyond June 30, therefore also taking advantage of July and August

2020 03 28 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 03 29 Retrieve

[Gabriele Gravina has expressed his hopes that Serie A can return at the start of May] For as long as I’m able to, I won’t lose hope of resuming the campaign. I’ll do anything to make that happen. I find giving up very difficult

2020 03 29b Retrieve

[FIGC president praises Juventus salary reductions] The agreement reached by Juventus is an example for the whole system. I thank Giorgio Chiellini, his teammates and Maurizio Sarri because, in wake of the collaboration that the FIGC hopes to have in days, they placed general interests at the heart of their conversations with the club. Unity and solidarity in the world of football represent the first great response to the emergency we’re experiencing, and that risks becoming even more serious if we don’t resume playing soon. Only through the contribution of all the protagonists, each of them playing their part, will we make football stronger

2020 04 06 Retrieve

[Gravina proposed May as a possible time to restart italy’s top flight] It’s a hypothesis. At the moment, a possible date to restart could be May 17, but I want to clarify that this is only a hypothesis. Finishing the season would be the best way not only so the 2019-20 season is not compromised, but also to avoid compromising the 2020-21 season in any way.

I hope to play again this season. Finishing the campaign would be a way also of giving joy to the population, because the Italian people are so in love with this sport. I hope that we can get the campaign concluded and be able to close this chapter to slowly get back to normality

2020 04 13 Retrieve

[Gabriele Gravina said the 2019-20 Serie A season must be completed amid the coronavirus pandemic] I’ll repeat what I’ve been saying: we’ll start again once there’s the guarantee of everything being in order in regards to the health of the athletes and those who work at the clubs. We have a meeting on the 15th of this month between the various technical and scientific bodies to discuss the next steps. We need everyone to be on the same page. The hope is we begin again as soon as possible. But we must complete the season - there could be very negative implications if we’re unable to do so

2020 04 15 Retrieve

[Gravina is determined to ensure the 2019-20 campaign will be played to a finish] We evaluate all the hypotheses. One is to organise competitions over a calendar year, but, again, coordination with all European federations is needed. Otherwise, we will have to close the season in May, before the European Championship. The 2021 championship could be played in five months. There are ideas on the table, for example a formula with two or more groups and then play-offs. Exceptional changes, only for one season

No, there is not [a date for resumption]. We will go hand in hand with the other European leagues. If they let us play in early June, we have the dates to end in late July, and to follow, the cups. If instead we have to start again in September, we will close this championship in November and return to the field in January [for next season].

2020 04 17 Retrieve

[FIGC president Gabriele Gravina recently stressed that the 2019-20 Serie A season must be completed despite the coronavirus pandemic] I’ll repeat what I’ve been saying: we’ll start again once there’s the guarantee of everything being in order in regards to the health of the athletes and those who work at the clubs. We have a meeting on the 15th of this month between the various technical and scientific bodies to discuss the next steps. We need everyone to be on the same page. The hope is we begin again as soon as possible. But we must complete the season - there could be very negative implications if we’re unable to do so

2020 04 18 Retrieve

[Gabriele Gravina claimed those opposed to the resumption of the 2019-20 Serie A season ‘don’t like football or Italians’] I share the minister Spadafora’s hope of resuming on May 4, with all due caution and guarantees. It’s a complex moment for our country, economy and football, which is one of the most important industries. With a sense of responsibility, availability and common sense, we’ll find the right way. Those proposing to invoke the cancellation of the season don’t like football or Italians and want to take away the hope of future and restarting football. I’ll hold out until the end. We’ve developed a strict and careful but flexible health protocol, which we’ll deliver to ministers Spadafora and Speranza tomorrow [Saturday]. It’ll take three weeks of safety measures so we can start again in late May-early June. There will be a period of controls to ensure the negativity of all those attending the events If everyone tests negative, there won’t be any problems of distancing or the virus spreading. As for restarting with the Coppa Italia semi-finals, this programme concerns just Serie A. We’re still waiting for the calendar. I hope everyone is able to play in their own stadiums. If it’s not possible then we’ll look at alternative solutions

2020 04 20 Retrieve

[Gabriele Gravina has also lent his support to Back To The Business] It’s a complex moment for our country, economy and football, which is one of the most important industries. With a sense of responsibility, availability and common sense, we’ll find the right way. Those proposing to invoke the cancellation of the season don’t like football or Italians and want to take away the hope of future and restarting football. I’ll hold out until the end. We’ve developed a strict and careful but flexible health protocol, which we’ll deliver to ministers Spadafora and Speranza tomorrow [Saturday]. It’ll take three weeks of safety measures so we can start again in late May-early June. There will be a period of controls to ensure the negativity of all those attending the events If everyone tests negative, there won’t be any problems of distancing or the virus spreading. As for restarting with the Coppa Italia semi-finals, this programme concerns just Serie A. We’re still waiting for the calendar. I hope everyone is able to play in their own stadiums. If it’s not possible then we’ll look at alternative solutions.

2020 04 20b Retrieve

[Gabriele Gravina says he don’t want be responsible for the death of Italian football] At the moment there are two apparently opposing groups: the current of thought of those who believe that all sporting activity should be closed, and the other, which I continue to carry on which is to continue. I cannot be the undertaker of Italian football. I have the responsibility to defend the football movement and the sports movement. We are worried not about stopping today, but we are worried because if football does not start again it has a great negative impact on its future. I ask to be considered as a socio-economic impact movement in our country on a par with any other sector. I talked about June. I hope that Italy in June will have the opportunity to experience a moment of relief different from what we are experiencing at the moment

What if the government stops? This is a responsibility that I leave to them. I personally would welcome their choice with relief: you can imagine the drama I am experiencing in holding up this battle of mine. Italian football is not a monad that lives separately from other categories in the country or international institutions, we are part of the European and world federations. But there is the feeling of hope, too

Who will win the Scudetto? The team that scores the most points, I am convinced that we will start again

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