The paradox of Chievo’s football, sunk by decrees approved to save it –

from Gian Antonio Stella

The story in the Council of State: the yellow-blue company demands 140 million in compensation and has the opportunity to recognize its reasons

Putei, boni, non ghe x schei. It was a mantra, though Luca Campedelliwhen everyone was crazy about it Chievo
(and some commentators went so far as to call the audience hot, the heat becomes delirium), that sentence decided to calm the fans who called on him to spend billions to buy this or that phenomenon: Putei, boni, non ghe x schei. After all, he explained, at home we are all accountants: the father was, I am, my brother Piero and relatives and relatives of relatives are. Also, not all coach salaries Gigi Del Neri the last players cost less than just Batistuta’s salary …

Two weights and two measures

Question: How was it that someone like this was expelled, with a mark of ignominy, from the great football that too many scandals and too many investigations and too many records (see the latest on capital gains, concluded with a good father-bird-glory for all the big ones after the initial and muddy condemnation of Chievo alone) have shown rotten balance sheets? For heaven’s sake, I’m sure mistakes will have been made, because … Of course he was right Luciano Moggi, the uninhibited Sultan of Tolfa then condemned and disqualified: Er Chievo? Now it’s a miracle: ‘History tells us it’s unlikely to continue. A good forecast. With a hook or a thief, fans sigh …

The legal battle of Campedelli

And yet, stubborn as a moss (didn’t they say in the good old days that the Astro-Chievo was proof that the Mussi can fly?), Campedelli is still struggling. And the last of a lot of opposite sentences, signed a few days ago by the president of the fifth jurisdictional section of the Council of State Luciano Barra Caracciolo, who had also shown that the club was wrong in one of the previous sentences, this time gave the reason for the jewel of football that came out of nowhere for seventeen years of Serie A scoring some sensational years. And he has suspended the penultimate sentence (of the TAR), rejoices the CEO’s lawyer, considering that there are specific profiles of illegitimacy that provide for the right of Chievo Verona to compensation for damages.

The new sentence

Let’s face it – most people don’t understand much about bureaucratic hieroglyphics. Barra Caracciolo, already disputed by the battles against the euro, the comings and goings between the judiciary and the technical service in various governments (right-wing) and the photo of an EU flag superimposed on the Nazi (!), De fact, love. Latin (“a fortiori“,”among others“,”fere“…) and the legal verb” to deliberate “that about Trains its first meaning is to taste, to taste, to savor something exquisite. Among the delights, a phrase without a single dot (if not imposed by abbreviations like Coni) for 916 (nine hundred and sixteen) words in a row. Trilussa would have pointed out to him: If there is the admiration of the amichi nun faje I never understand what you are saying.

The verdict of the Council of State

One thing is clear: Chievo’s objections must be taken seriously and on June 23, next Thursday, the merits will be discussed in Council of State where there could even be an investment of everything in favor of the veronese company. That would have been severely penalized by a yellow-red government election of Giuseppe Conte which paradoxically wanted to help companies in dire straits by the outbreak of the pandemic.

Pandemics and fiscal deadlines

Beware of the dates: on March 9, 2020, the day after the famous March 8 in which half of Italy is put in the red zone, Chievo play the Serie B postponement against Cosenza. Once the game is over, all leagues are suspended. The nightmare of COVID-19[feminine]. Nine days later, on March 18, Decree 17/2020 (cure Italy) establishes the moratorium on any tax deadlines and tax deferrals, as well as the ban on new tax accounts. The next day, the story goes, Decree 34/2020 (relaunch) extends both the pre-tax and tax deferral plans until September 2020. Two more days and the FIGC revokes the pre-Covid measures -19 which provided for the need to pay the fees to be paid on May 31, 2020 to register for the next championship with which Chievo, to continue paying salaries, was forced. suspend the current advance payment quotas, which will expire on September 17, 2020, because it is not included in the tax moratorium that only concerns the collection phase.

Relentless tax agencies: but only with Chievo

A fact that in a world in which Claudio Lotito had granted himself a few years before, with the warm praises of the then president of the Lazio region Francesco Storacepay in installments 170 (one hundred and seventy!) million euros of Lazio’s debts in twenty-three years, the same very generous prosecutor months before with Matteo Salvini (blessed with the opportunity to pay off the famous 49 million debts of the League in comfortable terms of 600 thousand euros a year in seventy-five years at zero interest), this time relentless. And Chievo, who already regularly paid a previous debt of 16 million, is eliminated.

The clever that does not apply to other clubs

But how: isn’t this law that Giuseppe Conte wants to abolish taxes on companies affected by the pandemic? Aren’t Chievo’s only real income from stadium tickets and TV rights shortened by Coronavirus? Macch: The tax bill does not exist. How is that? Precisely because it is prohibited by law Conte until September 1, 2021. No folder, no season tickets. The previous debt that Luca Campedelli was already paying is still at stake. And about that, Covid or not, the cudrill goes down. With the exclusion (not decided for other clubs) of the championships. It seems to be paragraph 22. But the process continues. With the paradox that on September 2, 2021 the Tax Agency returns to the President of Chievo the bail that had been paid while waiting for the folder that will never arrive. Does that make sense?

A sticky dough

Not to mention the other game: the one played entirely within the all too often sticky mix between sports authorities and administrative justice described in obscure and sometimes disturbing details by Sergio Rizzo in the book Absolute Power. The hundred magistrates who rule Italy. Just read the chapter where we talk about the current president of the Council of State (candidate behind the Quirinal) Franco Frattini, former president of the Sports Guarantee College. And challenged by Chievo for his role, let’s say, not entirely above the parts …

June 18, 2022 (change June 18, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.)

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