Agnelli: FIGC ran like a local sports club

The Juventus president fears Serie A will become marginalised and has called upon a complete reform to prevent his worse fears from becoming a reality
Juventus president Andrea Agnelli says the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) is run "like a local sports club" and has called for a revolution of the game in the country.

Though the Bianconeri are reigning Serie A champions and the Azzurri reached the final of Euro 2012, various scandals have rocked the game in recent years.

"What do Juve support? We support a structural reform of professional football and those who don't condemn Italy to being marginalised in Europe and the world," he told club shareholders at a meeting on Friday.

"Reform of the league, the number of professional clubs and the youth sector. Reform of the status of professional sports, currently governed by a law from 1981 - trademark protection, stadium regulations.

"Comprehensive reform of sporting justice, which cannot deal with investments worth millions of euros as though it were a dispute in a local sports club."

The 36-year-old also gave his backing to Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations and urged clubs to operate economically in a bid to avoid a further regression of Italian football.

"We have to ask ourselves what Italian football will be like in a few years' time," he continued.

"Many nations have experienced a decline but none have had such a sudden collapse. We are seeing a complete structural collapse and it can't just be explained away as being part of the financial crisis.

"In two years we [Juventus] have forged ahead, but winning the title means we must not forget our mandate, which is to win while maintaining a balanced financial position in order to give ourselves prospects for the future."