The Italian Football League, Serie A, has appointed Paolo Dal Pino as the new President of the league. An official communication released the news, which will see Dal Pino take over the role from Gaetano Miccichè, who was forced to resign in November last year due to an investigation into the irregularities in his 2018 election.
According to the Associated Press, Dal Pino received 12 votes from the 20-team competition, one more than the 11 required to secure the role. Miccichè received seven votes, while one ballot remained blank. Since Miccichè’s resignation, Serie A has had two emergency leaders in the form of Mario Cicala and Giancarlo Abete.
Dal Pino hails from Milan and was previously chief executive for Italian tyre brand Pirelli’s Latin America operations. He joins amid a period of turbulence for the Lega Serie A.
The organization continues to weigh up its future strategy for its broadcast rights, including a decision on the Mediapro agency’s plan to launch a league channel. Mediapro said they were not prepared to continue discussions about the new channel until the league had sorted out its governance issues, including the election of a new president.
The 2019-20 Serie A season has also been marred by multiple cases of racism with the league organizers roundly criticized for unveiling an anti-racism campaign utilizing images of monkeys.
Reports in Italy suggest Del Pino’s candidacy was pushed by Lazio president Claudio Lotito but opposed by Juventus, Inter Milan, and Torino.