Lorenzo Casini (Lega): Plans for recovery in 2023, advocates for challenge after audio-Var

Serie A president Lorenzo Casini has shared his perspectives on Italian football in an in-depth interview with the Corriere della Sera. Discussing a range of issues, from league strategies to TV rights, Casini presented a candid insight into the workings of one of Europe’s premier football leagues.

Outlining the strategy for Serie A, Casini emphasised the need to “increase resources, strengthen infrastructures, heighten cultural significance, and embrace game innovations,” according to Corriere della Sera.

Reflecting on the 2023 season, Casini observed, “It’s been a season of recovery, considering the results in cups, Italy qualifying for the Euros, Napoli winning the Scudetto after 22 years of alternation between Torino and Milano, and fans returning to the stadiums.” However, he criticised certain legislative interventions, which he believes negatively affected Serie A.

As for the League’s approach to FIGC reforms, Casini emphasised the spirit of collaboration. Towards the end of 2022, a document containing numerous proposals was tabled, including the suggestion to reduce the overall number of professional teams, particularly in the Lega Pro. He suggested that the current debate focussing on whether Serie A should have 20 or 18 teams, like the Premier League and La Liga, is misguided.

Discussing TV rights, he conceded that the situation was complex, as underlined by the Premier League’s decision to boost the number of matches for sale.

Aiming to reduce disputes over referees, Casini suggested efforts to eliminate distrust are welcome. He cited the introduction of VAR (Video Assistant Referee) audio, which the League firmly supported. He even suggested the trial of a ‘challenge’ system.

When asked to comment on his tenure as President, Casini opted for humility. He said, “It’s not for me to judge.” Instead, he noted the efforts made over the past 19 months, including changes to the Melandri law on audiovisual rights, reforming the Primavera Championship, introducing new rules on reserve teams, and laying the groundwork for a sustainable strategy for 2030, among others.

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