Rome: Carlo Tavecchio was elected the new president of the Italian football federation (FIGC) after beating his only rival Demetrio Albertini in the third round of balloting.
Despite being involved in a racism controversy, 71-year-old Tavecchio triumphed Monday as expected by getting 63.63 percent of the votes in the third round of voting. Albertini received 33.95 percent of the votes cast by the 274 delegates present, reports Xinhua.
A majority of 75 percent was needed to win in the first round of balloting, where Tavecchio received 60.2 percent of the votes and Albertini 35.46 percent.
Tavecchio increased his advantage to 63.18 percent in the second round, with Albertini earning 34.07 percent but that still wasn`t sufficient, with two-thirds of the vote needed.
Tavecchio only needed a simple majority to win the third round of voting.