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The new FIGC boss caused uproar with his allegedly racist comments about African players in recent weeks but he was voted into power ahead of Demetrio Albertini on Monday

Former Italian football association (FIGC) chief Franco Carraro has leapt to the defence of newly-elected president Carlo Tavecchio, claiming the 71-year-old the "best possible option" despite being branded a racist in recent weeks.

Tavecchio beat off competition from Demetrio Albertini to land the position but his appointment has caused quite a stir, given he recently intimated while criticising the influx of foreing players that many African players had merely been "eating bananas" before being signed by Serie A clubs.

However, Carraro, who is not immune to controversy himself after being forced to given up the FIGC presidency in 2006 over his alleged involvement in the Calciopoli scandal, claimed that Tavecchio is the best man for the job.

"He is not the ideal president for Italian football," Carraro told Il Fatto Quotidiano. "I do not deny that his shortcomings are obvious; he does not speak well, of course, yet he is the man of this moment and the best possible option.

"And fellow candidate Demetrio Albertini? He made an incredible speech on medals and merit, but I wonder where has he been for the past eight years?

"Was it perhaps another Albertini who drove out Claudio Gentile from the Italy Under-21 team, and winner of an Olympic bronze medal, to appoint his friend Pierluigi Casiraghi."