FIFA, the Italian Football Federation, must elect a new president by the end of March but so far the representatives of the 42 Italian series A and B football clubs have failed to reach agreement. Half of those voting, led by Diego Della Valle, the president of the Fiorentina football club, are unhappy about re-electing Adriano Galliani, vice-president of the Milan football club, the only candidate for election, who has held the presidency since July 2002. Galliani is seen by many clubs, particularly the smaller, less famous ones, as not being sufficiently impartial, particularly when it comes to negotiations for television coverage of live football matches. The Milan football club and Mediaset, the Italian multi-media company, are closely linked and many of the minor teams feel that they are being overlooked when television contracts are made. Now an agreement between ten of the less famous series A and B football clubs to cooperate when ceding rights for live match coverage may have helped to break the deadlock over the presidential election. It is now expected that FIFA members will re-elect Galliani as president along with a new vice-president with extensive powers, chosen by the Della Valle faction.
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