Serie A chief ready to discuss Infront role

Maurizio Beretta, the president of Lega Serie A, the top division of football in Italy, has said that questions over the role of the Infront Sports & Media agency as an adviser to the league on media-rights sales will be discussed on September 13, according La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Beretta wrote to Fiorentina, Internazionale, Juventus, Roma, Sampdoria, Sassuolo and Verona to confirm that the matter would be put on the agenda of the league’s next meeting in two weeks’ time.

The seven clubs wrote to Beretta and their Serie A rivals earlier this week to call for a tender to appoint an adviser for the next cycle of rights, from 2015-16 to 2017-18.

The clubs believe that Infront has been paid an excessive commission – €35m ($47m) – for selling the media rights for the period 2012-13 to 2014-15 and they would like Infront’s six-year deal, due to run until the end of the 2015-16 season, to be cut short by one season.

“The issues you have raised are of the highest priority for the economic future of the League,” Beretta said. “I believe that the assembly, the only one entitled to rule, should have the time and space needed to address issues that are so strategic for Italian football and I hope that these reflections will, in good time and taking into account the needs of the market, allow us to find a common solution in the interest of the entire league.

"I will be sure to put your items on the agenda of the next meeting of September 13.”