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Tavecchio elected as Italian FA president
Carlo Tavecchio elected as new president of Italian football federation
Associated Press
2014-08-12 03:01 AM

ROME (AP) -- Carlo Tavecchio has been elected the new president of the Italian football federation, replacing Giancarlo Abete.

Despite allegations of racism marring his electoral campaign, Tavecchio beat Demetrio Albertini by a majority vote on Monday.

The 71-year-old Tavecchio won with 63.63 percent of the votes in the third round of balloting. Albertini received 33.95 percent of the votes cast by the 274 delegates present.

Tavecchio had been the outstanding favorite before he sparked outrage recently when he discussed the presence of foreign players in Italy.

Several leading clubs withdrew support for the amateur leagues president, who originally had the backing of all Serie A teams apart from Juventus and Roma.

Abete resigned along with national team coach Cesare Prandelli immediately after Italy's first-round elimination from the World Cup.

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