Carlo Tavecchio

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Carlo Tavecchio
Carlo Tavecchio - Wojtyla Cup Conferenza Stampa 2010.jpg
Carlo Tavecchio in 2010
Born (1943-07-13) 13 July 1943 (age 75)[1]
Ponte Lambro, Italy
Nationality Italian
Known for President of Lega Nazionale Dilettanti President of the Italian Football Federation

Carlo Tavecchio (born 13 July 1943)[1] is an Italian politician, sports executive, and administrator.


For four legislatures, he held the office of Mayor of Ponte Lambro. For 15 years, he was president of an amateur company. From 1987 to 1992, he was Director of the Regional Committee of Lombardy. From 1992 to 1996, he was Vice President of the Lega Nazionale Dilettanti. Since 1996, he has been Chairman of the Regional Committee of Lombardy. From 1999 to 2014, he was the position of President of the Lega Nazionale Dilettanti.

On 11 August 2014, Tavecchio was appointed president of the Italian Football Federation.[2] On 6 March 2017, Tavecchio was re elected as president of the Italian Football Federation for a second term.[3]

On 21 April 2017, Tavecchio was nominated commissioner of the Lega Serie A.[4]

On 20 November 2017, Tavecchio resigned as Italian Football Federation president, seven days after Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the first time they failed to qualify for the World Cup since 1958.[5][6]


On 7 October 2014, Tavecchio was banned by UEFA for racist remarks for six months:

"England identifies the subjects that come in, if they have the professionalism to get them to play, but we say that Opti Poba[a] came here, that before he ate bananas, now plays holder in Lazio and that's okay. In England he must demonstrate its curriculum and its pedigree ...."[8]

He was not allowed to hold any position in UEFA, and was barred from the UEFA Congress of March 2015.[9]

On 1 November 2015, an audio tape of Tavecchio became public, in which he disparages Jews and gays.[10]

Criminal record[edit]

Tavecchio has been tried and convicted five times since 1970.

  • In 1970, he was sentenced to four months for forgery of credit title
  • In 1994, he was sentenced to twenty eight months two days for tax evasion and value-added tax
  • In 1996, he was sentenced to three months for failure to pay social security deductions and insurance
  • In 1998, he was sentenced to three months for omission or falsification of reports
  • In 1998, he was sentenced to three months for abuse of office for violation of anti-pollution regulations[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Tavecchio is married, with one daughter. [1]


  1. ^ A fictional African player invoked by Tavecchio in order to make a remark on all African players.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Tavecchio CV, Italian Football Federation (in Italian)
  2. ^ Francesca Fanelli (11 August 2014). "Figc, Tavecchio eletto alla terza votazione" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport. Archived from the original on 31 May 2015. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Carlo Tavecchio nominato commissario per la Lega di Serie A" (in Italian). 28 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "Figc, Tavecchio si è dimesso" (in Italian). 20 November 2017. 
  6. ^ "Tavecchio confirms FIGC exit". Football Italia. 20 November 2017. 
  7. ^ "Opti Poba is no longer just a racist reference but also an amateur team in Italy" by Miriti Murungi, Fusion, 3 November 2015
  8. ^ Canavan, Steve (7 September 2009). "Rescued from a nightmare". Blackpool Gazette. 
  9. ^ "Carlo Tavecchio: Italian FA president banned for racist slur". BBC News. 7 October 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Italian FA president Carlo Tavecchio denies he is homophobic or antisemitic", The Guardian, 2 November 2015
  11. ^ Emiliano Liuzzi (3 July 2014). "Tavecchio favorite for FIGC role". DAGOSPIA.COM. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Andrea Viola (28 July 2014). "Tavecchio case is now to be put aside". il Fatto Quotidiano. Retrieved 12 August 2014.