Former FIGC chief Carlo Tavecchio passes away

The 74-year-old handed in his resignation during a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Rome. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)

Carlo Tavecchio, the former head of Italy’s Football Federation from 2014 thru 2017, passed away late yesterday at the age 79 following a slew of respiratory issues.

Tavecchio served as the president of the FIGC for three years following an extensive political career before serving as chairman of the National Amateur League for 15 years.

A controversial figure, he was lauded for his appointment of Antonio Conte to the Italian national team in 2014.

However, he ultimately became the primary scapegoat after selecting Giampiero Ventura, who oversaw Italy’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, as Conte’s replacement following his resignation after Euro 2016.