What's buzzing:

Italian FA candidate criticized for racist comment

AP - Sports

ROME (AP) -- A leading candidate for Italian football federation president is facing fierce criticism and calls to step aside following a racist comment.

Amateur leagues president Carlo Tavecchio caused a stir on Friday when he discussed the presence of foreign players in Italy.

''In England they select players based on professionalism, whereas we say that 'Opti Poba' is here, he was eating bananas before and now he's starting for Lazio and that's OK,'' Tavecchio said, using a hypothetical name and situation.

Tavecchio apologized and claimed he is not racist but the players' and coaches' associations both expressed outrage.

The Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper also called for the 71-year-old Tavecchio to stand down in an editorial Sunday.

The only other candidate in the Aug. 11 election is former AC Milan player and current federation vice president Demetrio Albertini.

Former FIGC president Giancarlo Abete resigned along with national team coach Cesare Prandelli immediately after Italy's first-round elimination from the World Cup last month.

The vote is considered pivotal for the future of Italian football, which is rife with problems such as falling attendance, crumbling stadiums, fan violence and racism - plus early eliminations for the national team at the last two World Cups.

The new president's first job will be to name a replacement for Prandelli.

View Comments (2)
  • Late goal gives Haiti 1-1 tie with Panama in Gold Cup opener

    Late goal gives Haiti 1-1 tie with Panama in Gold Cup opener

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- Duckens Nazon scored on a nifty breakaway move in the 85th minute to give Haiti a 1-1 tie with Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup opener Tuesday night. … More »

    AP - Sports - 45 minutes ago
  • Bradley makes 100th appearance for US

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- Michael Bradley made his 100th appearance for the United States, starting at the top of a midfield diamond and wearing the captain's arm band in the Americans' CONCACAF Gold Cup opener against Honduras on Tuesday night. … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 6 minutes ago
  • Gerrard has first practice with Galaxy

    Gerrard has first practice with Galaxy

    Steven Gerrard brought a touch of Liverpool weather - cool, overcast and even some drizzle - to his first practice with the LA Galaxy on Tuesday morning. By the time the English midfielder was formally introduced by the club in the afternoon to … More »

    AP - Sports - 3 hours ago
  • Football scandal prompts CONCACAF to split from sports marketing firm

    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - CONCACAF, the regional body that controls football in the Caribbean, North America and Central America, announced Tuesday it has parted with the U.S. division of a Brazilian sports marketing firm that federal … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • Los Angeles stages raucous rally for U.S. women's football team

    Los Angeles stages raucous rally for U.S. women's football team

    Two days removed from winning the women's football World Cup, star midfielder Carli Lloyd teased the idea of capturing another one in 2019 as thousands of flag-waving fans cheered the U.S. team on Tuesday at a boisterous outdoor rally in Los … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago