Tavecchio rewards World Cup referees: “Much respect for referees”
"We can no longer afford to make mistakes. Each season has its problems, we have to take advantage of these two years of reform that football needs as much as this country does, but if we aren't able to work together, it will be difficult” This is what the FIGC pesident, Carlo Tavecchio had to say in Coverciano during the usual meeting with the A and B CAN referees at the beginning of the league season. The federal president rewarded the referees that directed the Brazilian World Cup final, giving a watch withthe FIGC logo and receiving from Nicola Rizzoli and his assistants, Andrea Stefani and Renato Faverani, one an autographed unfirom used by Rizzoli during the final between Germany and Argentina, a gift that Tavecchio will donate to the Football Museum in Coverciano. The “Giovanni Mauro” award was then given to Luca Banti, as the best referee of the last season. "I have a great deal of respect for referees – continued Tavecchio – I was one of the first to want them on the Federal Board. The referees are the top judges during the ninety minutes of a match. I hope that we continue to go in the direction of an Italy that has stadiums without barriers and that respects the referees, the tension of a system cannot be against one single person”. The head of the FIGC, after wishing the Under 21 team good luck in the two matches decisive for the Euo play off qualifications with Serbia and Cyprus, spoke to the head coach, Antonio Conte, present in the room, togethe with team Manager Gabriele Oriali: “I hope that you can bring our federation back to the levels it deserves, maybe you have even more responsibility than me. The reforms must start from the base, invovling the federal youth centers icreating a scouting organization. Today, the clubs rely only on their own organizations”. The meeting with the referees and their president Marcello Nicchi, and members of the AIA Naitonal Committee and heads of the National Technical Organs, saw the presence of some of the leading managers of football in Itay, including deputy vice-president of the FIGC and president of the A League, Maurizio Beretta, federal vice-president and president of the Lega Pro Mario Macalli, the AIC and AIAC president Damiano Tommasi and Renzo Ulivieri, general manager of the A League Marco Brunelli, the president of the B League Andera Abodi, deputy vice-president of the LND Alberto Mambelli, FIGC general Manager Antonello Valentini and the federal secretary, Antonio Di Sebastiano. "We have to join together and face a phase that is feeling the difficulty of Italian football – said Beretta. Our world is always less willing to accept mistakes, the climate that surrounds us is not an easy one. I want to send two messages: first of all, we need more attention, preparation and ability to explain what has been done. And we need strong cohesion in our world”. “I widh the A and B referees – said the AIA president, Nicchi – a good season. They are highly qualified, both technically and personally, just like our 35,000 referees that have no visibility. Our referee world is free, independent, prepared and I am proud to present them to our federal president, who I hope will always be proud of them”.