Lazio president Claudio Lotito may be forced to sell Serie B side Salernitana if they achieve promotion to Serie A.
According to a report from Italian newspaper Il Mattino (via La Lazio Siamo Noi) earlier today, Article 16 of the FIGC’s Internal organizational rules prohibits the same person from owning two clubs competing in the same league.
The FIGC also decided in their recent Federal Council that the same person cannot own two professional clubs in Italy, regardless of division, although there was an exception for pre-existing cases, like Lotito and Salernitana or Napoli’s Aurelio De Laurentiis, who also owns Bari.
However, if Salernitana achieve promotion to Serie A, realistic considering that they currently sit second in Serie B after 37 games, then Lotito would be forced to sell the Campania-based side.
Lotito co-owns Salernitana with Marco Mezzaroma, but cannot leave the team to him as the pair are brothers-in-law.
Promotion would mean that Lotito and Mezzaroma would have one month to sell the team, leaving the team’s future shrouded in doubt.