Claudio Lotito, owner of Lazio Rome, will have to part ways with his second club Salernitana after the Campania team has joined Serie A. The rules of the Italian Federation prohibit him from owning two teams in the same championship.
At 64, Claudio Lotito is one of the historical figures of Italian football and Serie A. Between suspension for his participation in Calciopoli, third-party ownership or other sometimes limited projections in the press, the one who has owned Lazio Rome since 2004 is a character splitting on the other side of the Alps. But he is also a talented businessman in the round ball.
The entrepreneur notably had a hollow nose by joining forces with Marco Mezzaroma in 2011 to relaunch the Salerno club then in Serie D (D4). It took him well as the Salernitana team have just finished second in Serie B and have been promoted to the top flight.
Gravina: “It would prevent Salernitana from making Serie A”
Problem, as Gabriele Gravina, the president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), recalled this Monday, Claudio Lotito does not have the right to simultaneously own two professional clubs. If the boss laziale has enjoyed a certain freedom for several seasons, the possibility of seeing his two teams face off in Serie A will put an end to it.
“It is a rule in connection with those of FIFA which does not allow the ownership of more than one club at the professional level, explained the boss of transalpine football to the radio Anch’io Lo Sport. President Lotito benefits an exemption for many years and everyone knew what was going to happen. The rules are clear, his ownership cannot continue and if it does, that would prevent Salernitana from making Serie A next season . “
Five Lazio players loaned to Salernitana
Co-owner of Salernitana up to 50%, Claudio Lautito will therefore have to separate, at least formally, from his shares in the Campania club. Or those he owns at Lazio even if that seems very unlikely. Otherwise, the trained team Fabrizio Castori, which has five players on loan from Lazio in its workforce, would lose the benefit of its good season concluded in second place in Serie B.
Claudio Lotito, back to the wall, will therefore have to quickly decide. His recent suspension from all football activity for a period of seven months, Lazio having broken the Serie A health protocol, should give him time to organize and settle this thorny administrative problem between the Roman club and Salernitana .
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