Former Serie C boss named new Italian FA president

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New President of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), Gabriele Gravina shows the federation’s logo as he reacts following the vote during the elective assembly of the FIGC on October 22, 2018 at the Hilton hotel of Rome’s Fiumicino airport. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

Gabriele Gravina, the former head of Italy’s third division Lega Pro, was elected president of the Italian football federation (FIGC) on Monday, almost a year after the resignation of his predecessor.

The 65-year-old Gravina was the only candidate in the running and earned 97.2 percent of votes in the first round to secure the position.

Gravina, previously one of three candidates in an unsuccessful January election, stood down from his Lega Pro post last week in preparation for his renewed bid to become the FIGC chief.

Carlo Tavecchio resigned from the job last November following the national side’s failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.

Italy’s Olympic Committee appointed Roberto Fabbricini as FIGC commissioner in February after an election failed to produce a new president.