Press unions condemn ‘authoritarian’ Commisso

by | May 15, 2021 09:13 | Latest

Various Press unions in Italy have released a joint statement condemning Fiorentina President Rocco Commisso for his ‘intolerable insults’ towards reporters. ‘You see this behaviour in authoritarian regimes.’

Various Press unions in Italy have released a joint statement condemning Fiorentina President Rocco Commisso for his ‘intolerable insults’ towards reporters. ‘You see this behaviour in authoritarian regimes.’

The Italian-American patron let loose on journalists during Friday’s press conference, refusing to answer a question from the Corriere Fiorentino newspaper, insisting they “wrote some bad articles because their owner is (Torino President) Urbano Cairo.”

This sparked a response from various Press unions from Tuscany and nationally, releasing a joint statement condemning the “intolerable insults from Fiorentina President Rocco Commisso in what was meant to be a press conference summing up the situation after securing Serie A safety, but instead was transformed into some sort of trial for those colleagues who followed the team.

“Commisso’s words are unacceptable, have never been heard in a press conference and are not even justifiable at the end of a very difficult season.

“Commisso talked about journalists who are liars and even said they are manipulated by Presidents of other clubs, of journalists who make money off Fiorentina, of journalists who don’t write the truth.

“Even the attempt to intervene and urge a calmer tone was shut down within a few seconds. Only in authoritarian regimes do you see behaviour like this. If this should happen again, our colleagues are advised to leave the press conference.”

The statement also called on the FIGC and Lega Serie A to start an investigation into whether Commisso broke any ethics rules, while some reporters are considering legal action.

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