Clubs Multiple Ownership in Italian Football - The Salernitana’s Case

Clubs Multiple Ownership in Italian Football - The Salernitana’s Case

In May 2021, the promotion of U.S. Salernitana 1919 (Salernitana) to the top-tier division of Italian football (Serie A) gave rise to a legal dispute over the multiple ownership of two clubs participating in the same competition organized by the Italian Football Association (FIGC). This occurred because the then-current Italian regulatory framework somehow allowed the same individual/entity to have multiple interests in clubs affiliated to FIGC participating in professional competitions as long as they did not play in the same division.

Mr Claudio Lotito, the owner of both Salernitana and S.S. Lazio S.p.A. (Lazio), was unable to settle the matter by selling one of the two clubs in the few weeks preceding the commencement of the new season.

This led FIGC to adopt an exceptional measure that enabled...

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