ITALY: An own goal
The financial crisis gripping world soccer is felt nowhere more heavily than Italy. But, as Goffredo Guerra explains, government legislation aimed specifically at bailing out football clubs in economic difficulty has run into trouble
As is well known by lovers of the game, football is by far the most popular sport in Italy. Individuals of both sexes and of every social class are daily engrossed by even the most trivial news concerning the club they support or the professional leagues as a whole. Newspapers and television programmes entirely dedicated to football increase every season, but the economic performance of the whole business has peaked in the past couple of years.
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