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Italy Sports Minister: Serie A Clubs Living in a Bubble

Italy’s sports minister, Vincenzo Spadafora says that the big clubs in the Serie A are living in a bubble and beyond their means. Spadafora said this in an interview with Rome based newspaper, La Repubblica. The minister said sport was not about just football as he will be proposing a 400 million euros budget to fund grassroots sports across the country.” The big clubs are living in a bubble, beyond their means, starting with the millionaire salaries of the players. They must understand that nothing after this crisis will ever be the same again," He said.

But in a swift response, the Serie A has hit back and said in a statement that football in Italy employs over 300,000 people and accounts for one percent of the country’s gross domestic product. “Serie A "has always played a recognised role as the locomotive of the sector", directly generating 3 billion euros of revenue each year, it said.

The league noted that its solidarity payments to develop facilities and youth football outside the top flight had increased from 93 million euros in 2010 to 130 million euros this year.

"This is not the time to make controversy," said Paolo Dal Pino, the president of Serie A.

"The numbers above speak for themselves and there is no need to add anything else to highlight the role of the Lega Serie A in support of grassroots football and, indirectly, of all Italian sport."

It will be recalled that Italy is Europe’s worst affected country from the Coronavirus pandemic with 10,779 deaths and a total of 97,689 confirmed cases while every sporting activity in Italy has been suspended indefinitely.


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