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SBD Global/February 14, 2014/International Football

Italian Serie A Reportedly Considering Abolishing Co-Ownership Of Players

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reported on Thursday that "the co-ownership of players in Serie A could be abolished," according to FOOTBALL ITALIA. Meetings regarding the issue "have already taken place between clubs with a view to bringing about the change" by the summer of ‘16. The new measure "still needs the approval of the League and of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC)" to proceed. Serie A Bologna President Albano Guaraldi said, "I wouldn’t be in agreement with it. Co-ownership is something that helps to develop players and to value them. It’s not certain that things that work well in other countries would also work well here. It could be reduced and limited, but there is no way it could be abolished within two years." Atalanta Dir General Pierpaolo Marino "also indicated a similar opinion." Marino: "I’m against its abolition, I’ve already experienced a period like this. There were so many disputes with private contracts." There are "164 co-ownership deals currently in place in Serie A, with 92 of those due to expire this coming summer" (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 2/13).
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