Carlo Tavecchio has been elected the new president of the Italian Football Federation, the governing body announced through its official Twitter account on Monday afternoon.

The 71-year-old, who is currently on probation over racist comments made about black foreign players in Serie A, beat former AC Milan player Demetrio Albertini after three rounds of voting in Rome.

Tavecchio drew heavy criticism last month by making an allegedly racist comment about eating bananas’ during an address to a summer assembly of Italy’s amateur leagues.

He has however apologised and his statement is being investigated by FIFA.

Following his election on Monday, Tavecchio pledged to prove his critics wrong.

“I will be a president for everybody, and especially for those who have legitimately expressed their dissent about me taking the job,” Tavecchio told

“I wish to thank those who have confirmed their confidence in me and who have made me feel supported even during some difficult times.

“Reforming the system can only be done if we work together, there are no magic wands.

“Let us embrace a culture of hard work. I invite all members to abandon feelings of division and to get to work.

“By August 18 I will be able to present to you a list of the things I will have worked on this week.”

Tavecchio’s foremost assignment upon resumption at the office of the Italian FA will be selecting a new head coach for the national team.

Former Juventus coach Antonio Conte and Roberto Mancini, who left Turkish club Galatasaray at the end of last season, are the leading candidates for the vacant Azzurri managerial post following Cesare Prandelli’s resignation after a disappointing World Cup campaign in Brazil.


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