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Cicala to step in as Serie A commissioner after failed presidential election

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Mario Cicala is today (Tuesday) set to be installed as the emergency commissioner of Lega Serie A after clubs in the top tier of Italian football failed to elect a new president.

None of the candidates received the 14 votes necessary to secure the presidency and Cicala will now be tasked with finding a replacement for Gaetano Miccichè, who resigned last month.

Miccichè resigned following a month-long investigation into the circumstances surrounding his election on March 19 last year. The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) investigated the election and Miccichè said reports relating to this had made his position untenable and had “imposed” the decision to resign on him.

Miccichè is the chairman of financial services group Banca IMI and was elected as Serie A president unanimously by the Lega’s 20 clubs last year, having secured the support of Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) president and the Lega’s then-extraordinary commissioner, Giovanni Malago.

Cicala, who serves as head of the FIGC supervisory body, will hold the Lega Serie A commissioner role until March 10.