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Tavecchio confirmed as new FIGC president

The controversial 71-year-old has been voted in as Giancarlo Abete's replacement as the head of Italian soccer's governing body.

Carlo Tavecchio has been confirmed as the new president of the Italian soccer association (FIGC), the body announced Monday.

The 71-year-old was vice president of the federation from 2009, but confirmed his candidacy for the top job following Giancarlo Abete's decision to resign after Italy's early exit from the World Cup in Brazil in June.

And despite a controversial campaign, in which he caused a racism stir and was accused of sexism in a previous interview in 2009, Tavecchio fought off the challenge of former AC Milan star Demetrio Albertini to be named as the FIGC's president.

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It took three rounds of voting for Tavecchio to overcome Albertini, having collected only 60.20 percent of the 516 available votes originally. A minimum of 75 percent is needed for election on the initial vote, with 66 percent deemed sufficient on a second round and 51 percent of a third.

But while the Lega Nazionale Dilettanti (LND) chief fell short the second time as well, claiming 63.18 percent, he eventually secured the requisite support in the final round, with 63.63 percent voting in his favor.

With LND clubs holding a total of 34 percent of voting rights in the FIGC election, the Lega Pro's announcement last week that it would support Tavecchio made his candidacy a near-certainty.

One of Tavecchio's first duties will be to help choose the new Italy national team coach, with former Juventus boss Antonio Conte the current front-runner for the role.

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