Diego Mosna, the President of Diatec Trentino (qualified to the 2018 CEV Champions League) revealed for „La Gazzetta Dello Sport“ that he proposed to Italian Men’s Volleyball League (at whose helm he was until recently) to withdraw all clubs that qualified for European Cups next season because he considers CEV (European Volleyball Confederation) and FIVB (International Volleyball Federation) do not respect Italian clubs and championship enough.
Mosna explained that busy international volleyball calendar forces Serie A1 to adjust, which includes playing games in mid-week besides on weekends. Mosna emphasized this is unacceptable for one of the strongest club competitions in Europe and hopes both CEV and FIVB will figure out they will lose a lot by not having Italian teams in European Cups.
„Everyone is talking about the problem of a busy schedule, everyone complains, but if you don’t make strong actions, it’s difficult for things to change. That’s why I’ve passed this proposal to the League: for a year, Italian clubs shouldn’t play European Cups. Then I want to see if, at least, CEV and FIVB will sit at the table with us and try to find a solution,” Mosna said.
„La Gazzetta Dello Sport“ warned that this kind of decision would likely result in penalties and fines for the Italian teams. That would also affect the international ranking of Italian volleyball.
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