Soccer: Use of foreign players 'devastating' - update

More Italian youngsters shd be launched says FIGC chief

(ANSA) - Florence, March 9 - The use of foreign players in Italian soccer is "devastating," Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) President Carlo Tavecchio told Albanian TV's Agon Channel Monday.
    "Our goal is to try to rejuvenate this soccer system, launching more youngsters to restrict the devastating use of foreigners," he said. Tavecchio is currently serving a FIFA and UEFA ban for saying there were too many "banana-eating" foreign players in Italian soccer.
    That comment, made in July as he was calling for tighter restrictions on non-EU footballers in Italian soccer, garnered headlines worldwide.
    The ensuing furore did not stop him being elected one month later to the helm of Italian soccer, which has been dogged by repeated episodes of racism in recent years.


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