Giuseppe Marotta says Italian football needs to undergo an “essential” process of reform if it is to stand any chance of reducing the gap on its European competitors.
The Juventus CEO, who spoke to reporters at the 39th edition of the Ambrosetti Workshop, an annual economic conference held in the town of Cernobbio, touched on a variety of subjects throughout the duration of the interview, but began by expressing his views on the fundamental issues currently affecting the Italian game.
Marotta said: "The varying tax regimes in other countries are penalising Italian football. These need to be harmonised because otherwise they create disparity, which is why I hope UEFA intervene.
“It's essential Italian football undergoes reform, beginning with stadium facilities, most of which are currently in disrepair. We need new legislation on stadiums because one of the reasons we're lagging behind other countries is the difference in income from stadiums."
Having overseen the construction and development of Juventus Stadium, Marotta is fully aware of the criteria that need to be filled when designing a brand new arena.
And he is confident that the Bianconeri’s home, which will host the Azzurri in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Czech Republic, has ticked all the required boxes.
"A modern stadium, part of the club's heritage, which is welcoming, iconic and safe. These are all prerequisites for a good arena. Meanwhile, we hope the Italy game can be decisive for qualification. It’s a real point of pride for us to host the national team at Juventus Stadium.”
Looking ahead to next weekend’s resumption of the Serie A championship, Marotta concluded by predicting an intriguing battle when the Bianconeri square up against a rejuvenated Inter on Saturday night at the San Siro.
“It will be an important test against a new-look side who will certainly enjoy a decent season. I know Mazzarri well, he’s very good at what he does and has been able to breathe new life into the environment. Inter will be involved in this season’s Scudetto race and should be considered among the favourites.”