The Italian Professional Football League (LNP) has elected Milan AC vice-president Adriano Galliani as its new president.
End of stalemate
At yesterday's meeting of the LNP, representatives of the 38 Serie A and B clubs chose Galliani as the successor to former president Franco Carraro after five ballots. Since Carraro's appointment as president of the Italian Football Association (FIGC) in January 2002, the league had met no fewer than seven times to elect a successor without agreeing a majority vote. Had yesterday's meeting produced another stalemate, a commissioner would have been appointed to run the LNP's business ad interim.
'Hard work ahead'
Galliani, who stood against Antonio Matarrese, the former FIGC president and a vice-president of FIFA and UEFA, said: "I am pleased with this election. But the hardest part is still to come with many important issues on the table. First priority will be given to the financial stabilisation of clubs as well as the conclusion of pay-TV contracts for those clubs who don't have such a contract yet."
Serie B on Saturdays
The other decisions taken at the seven-hour meeting included Matarrese's nomination as Galliani's deputy. Also, club presidents agreed to switch Serie B matchdays from Sundays to Saturdays, with the intention of raising the profile of second-division football and improving their commercial possibilities.
Super Cup surprise
The most surprising decision concerned the Italian Super Cup final, which will be played in Libya. Both Italian champions Juventus FC and cup winners Parma AC have accepted the invitation of the Libyan Football Association to play this summer's Super Cup final in Tripoli on 25 August. The league has now sanctioned this request.
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