Fiorentina has released an official statement in which the club has demanded ‘clear rules’ and hopes that ‘reports by the media and the relevant authorities can help provide a clearer picture of how well clubs are operating financially.’
The Tuscans have released a new statement after President Rocco Commisso highlighted yesterday how football is ‘reaching a point of no return.’
Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso has always inquired about how the Serie A clubs operate financially and he especially mentioned Inter Milan and Juventus.
However, Juventus is already under investigation for a similar situation, including Ronaldo’s transfer. On the other hand, Inter Milan has failed to meet the deadline for the payment of salaries during the last season.
At the end of November, the Guardia di Finanza arrived at Continassa to gather information and they also collected all the necessary documents which relate to the transfers between 2018 and 2021. President Andrea Agnelli and vice president Pavel Nedved are under investigation and the same situation is going on with former director Fabio Paratici who is now at Tottenham.
However, their director Piero Ausilio has recently confirmed that Inter Milan has paid the salaries regularly this season.
Similarly, Fiorentina has continued its fight for equality and clear rules for all clubs, but it didn’t mention Juventus or Inter this time.
The Fiorentina official statement said:
“ACF Fiorentina has on numerous occasions pointed out – both publicly and to the appropriate institutions – the delicate economic and financial situation Italian football currently finds itself in and the need for clear rules that are the same for everyone,”.
“We hope that the latest reports by the media and the relevant authorities can help to provide a clearer picture of how well clubs are operating financially so that quick, effective action can be taken out of respect for those who follow the rules and above all the fans, who have the right to watch a fair competition in which there can be no doubts or misinterpretations.
“While ACF Fiorentina has the greatest respect for the work and the independence of all the bodies tasked with carrying out the necessary checks, we hope there can be more sharing in identifying clear, binding rules to which no exceptions are made during the season. After all, having consistent rules is one of the factors that determine and ensure fair competition.
“We would like to note that the current owner of ACF Fiorentina, president Rocco Commisso, has made a significant investment in Italian football – buying the club, building avant-garde facilities like Viola Park, and covering the considerable operating losses sustained in the previous two and a half years – and has done all of this without borrowing money from banks.
“In 30 months, despite the dramatic effects of Covid on football and the world in general, Rocco Commisso has spent €314 million, including the sponsorship of Mediacom.
“This is, without doubt, one of the biggest private investments made in Italian football to date.
“With the January transfer window just around the corner, it would be desirable for clubs’ liquidity ratios to be made clear to all, so as to determine how clubs can operate in the transfer market in accordance with the applicable rules.
“ACF Fiorentina can hereby confirm its own liquidity ratios for the last two years:
“March 2020 Fiorentina 0.80 (0.70 minimum requirement)
September 2020 Fiorentina 0.80 (0.80 minimum requirement)
March 2021 Fiorentina 0.89 (0.80 original minimum requirements, changed by FIGC to 0.60 on 9 June 2021)
September 2021 Fiorentina 1.37 (0.60 minimum requirement)
“It would also be useful to know whether the wages of players and other club employees have been paid regularly, and tax and social security obligations met, as Fiorentina has always done.
“We hope that all other clubs and relevant institutions will collaborate fully and quickly to provide this information so that football can become more transparent and rule-abiding.”