Italia – The 2018 and 2021 Uefah elections in the Italian Football Association (FIGC) were both marked by intense political battles and controversy over who would become the next president of the FCPI.
The election took place on August 11, 2018 and was won by incumbent Giuseppe Letta, with the next presidential election to be held on December 3, 2020.
With the new presidents elected on January 9, 2021, the first round of voting was due to take place on December 15, 2021.
Following the elections, the governing body decided to withdraw the 2022 presidential election from the ballot, with Letta being elected as the new president.
It was reported that Letta was the first candidate to withdraw from the race after the announcement, and that the new election would be held without any ballot boxes.
Letta has since stated that he would not stand for reelection, and will instead focus on his new role as the head of the European Union, in the lead-up to the 2020 European parliamentary elections.
Lettò, who was also elected as president in 2018, has since been criticized for his handling of the crisis in the country, which has seen protests and clashes between protesters and police in recent weeks.
The Italian Football Federation (FIG) has since released a statement, in which it stated that Lettioni’s withdrawal of his candidacy for re-election was a “disappointment”.
In the same statement, FIGC President Carlo Bertolini has also said that the FJP-led FCPF should “remain the sole governing body” and the Fascist party, which is a member of the governing group, should “be excluded from any political activity.”
A new election, to be announced on January 14, 2022, is expected to be preceded by a second round of ballot boxes, as the previous one, in 2021, was suspended due to the ongoing unrest in the region.
In the aftermath of the unrest, which led to the deaths of 20 people in the town of Siena, the FFPI decided to suspend the election of the presidents of the association, as well as all of its committees.
However, in addition to suspending the elections themselves, the association announced that it was “determined to maintain full contact with the people of Italy and their concerns”.
In its statement, the FIGC said that it will “continue to work with the parties that have the support of the public, to ensure that there is a fair and transparent election.”
On August 8, 2022 the association released a second statement, which also promised to “continue dialogue” with the new parties, while also stating that “the FJP, with its strong ties to the Italian political class and its support of certain sectors of the Italian society, will not participate in this election”.
In 2018, the political tensions caused by the election in Sienacrara and the ensuing violence, which resulted in the deaths and injuries of over 50 people, led to a ban on the association from entering into agreements with any political party, or any association, until further notice.
Lisi, who had initially supported Letta in his bid to be elected, withdrew his candidacy on September 30, 2018, saying that he was “sorry” for the state of the situation in Italy.
Letti, the incumbent, was re-elected as president on November 18, 2018 with 54.5 percent of the vote.
In 2020, a new election was called after the first ballot boxes were returned in Italy, but Letta announced that he did not want to participate in the elections and was instead going to “sit on the sidelines”.
A new vote was scheduled for December 15.
In 2021, Letta withdrew from the election, stating that he wanted to focus on a new role and to “work on a lot of issues that the people want to see.”
He also stated that “we need to be more flexible” on social issues, citing a new law that was passed by parliament on December 16 that makes it easier for the president to run for a second term in office if he loses the first.
Lotti was succeeded by Giancarlo Russo, who served as FFPIs president for five years, until he resigned following a police raid on his home.
In his resignation letter, Russo said that he “will remain focused on the task of managing the organization and its activities, with all its members.”
Russo was later elected as head of FIGC.
He is now a member-of-the-circle for the FPPI, which was founded in 2020 and which is led by Giuseppo De Matteo, a former FIFA vice-president and former UEFA president.
De Matteio was also the head and president of FFPi from 2020 to 2021.
In 2018 and 2019, FFPII, a member association for the Italian National Confederation of Football Associations (CONFA), also held elections, with former players, managers