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Carlo Tavecchio, the president of the Italian Football Federation, has allegedly made discriminatory comments about Jews and gay people.
Tavecchio allegedly made the comments during an interview for the online football magazine, Soccer Life, in June, with a recording published on the Corriere della Serawebsite on Sunday.
The alleged remarks were made while Tavecchio was talking about the sale of an amateur league’s headquarters to a Jewish-Italian property investor, Cesere Anticoli.
“It was bought by that Jew, Anticoli,” Tavecchio can be heard saying.
“It’s best to watch them carefully,” he adds, in reference to Jewish people.
Tavecchio can then be heard making homophobic comments.
“I don’t have anything against gays – but keep them away from me,” he says.
Asked about the remarks, Tavecchio told the paper that he didn’t remember making them and suggested the recording “might have been manipulated”.
He also claimed he was being blackmailed by the magazine’s editor, because “I didn’t give him funding which he wanted”.
But the 72-year-old politician, who was elected president of the Italian Football Federation in August 2014, has a long history of offensive comments.
During his election campaign, he referred to a fictional player called “Opti Pogba”, who “previously ate bananas but now plays first team football with Lazio”.
He has also said women are “physically
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