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FIFPro is very concerned about the situation in Italian professional football, after Carlo Tavecchio was elected President of the country's Football Federation (FIGC). The world players' union supports the request of the Italian professional footballers association AIC for an appropriate sanction to be imposed.

"The comments attributed to Mr. Tavecchio raise major concerns about his suitability to lead Italian football, one of the most important nations in world football", said Tony Higgins - FIFPro Division Europe Vice President and FIFPro's spokesperson on anti-racism and discrimination.

"In February this year I attended a meeting in Rome along with the then FIGC President Mr Giancarlo Abete who made quite clear his and his Federation's commitment to tackling discrimination in Italian football."

Rome will also be the host of the UEFA/FARE Respect Diversity conference which will be held on 10 and 11 September this year. Representatives from all UEFA's member football associations are expected to attend the conference. FIFPro will be present at this meeting with a strong delegation, which includes Higgins. "Mr Tavecchio will also be expected to attend. His recent comments will be noted with great interest as the audience will largely come from people from all parts of Europe who are committed to fighting discrimination."

"Only an unqualified apology and a commitment to real action in Italy will satisfy the audience and the rest of world football."

Also read: Italian footballers: “Sanction FIGC President”