Paolo Dal Pino, the chief executive of telecommunications company Telit Communications, has been elected president of Serie A, the Italian football league.
This ends more than a month of emergency leadership for the league after the resignation of Gaetano Miccichè, who stepped down following an Italian Football Federation (FIGC) investigation into his 2018 election win. Miccichè said reports relating to this had made his position untenable and had “imposed” the decision to resign on him.
Mario Cicala was then installed as an emergency commissioner of the league in December 2019 after clubs failed to elect a new president. But he was also forced to step down after only a few days amid concerns of a conflict of interest. This was due to the emergence of previously undisclosed ties between Cicala and Serie A club SS Lazio.
Giancarlo Abete, a former FIGC president and vice president of Uefa then stepped in as emergency commissioner until the presidential elections scheduled for 8 January.
According to Italian media reports, Dal Pino received 12 votes – one more than the required 11 – from the 20-team league. One ballot remained blank.
Dal Pino hails from Milan, and was previously chief executive for Italian tyre brand Pirelli’s Latin America operations.
He joins amid a period of turbulence for the Lega Serie A. The organisation continues to weigh up its future strategy for its broadcast rights, including a decision on the Mediapro agency’s plan to launch a league channel.
Mediapro said they were not prepared to continue discussions about the new channel until the league had sorted out its governance issues, including the election of a new president.
The 2019-20 Serie A season has also been marred by multiple cases of racism with the league organisers roundly criticised for unveiling an anti-racism campaign utilising images of monkeys.
Reports in Italy suggest Del Pino’s candidacy was pushed by Lazio president Claudio Lotito but opposed by Juventus, Inter Milan and Torino.