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Serie C boss targeting Italian FA hot-seat

Milan, Italy: Gabriele Gravina on Tuesday confirmed he has resigned as Italy's Lega Pro President, as he prepares a bid for the role of Italian Football Federation (FIGC) chief.

The 65-year-old Gravina is the only candidate in the election for a new FIGC president which will take place on October 22.

The FIGC failed to elect a new president in January to replace Carlo Tavecchio, who resigned last November following the national side's failure to qualify for this year's World Cup in Russia.

"I have resigned as an act of correctness," said Gravina, president of Lega Pro (the governing body that runs Serie C) since December 2015.

"I want to give consistency to the work of the Lega Pro, and allow the board to identify the date for the election of my successor."

Gravina achieved 39 percent of the ballot in the previous FIGC election, in which there were three candidates, but as the president could not be appointed, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) named Roberto Fabbricini as commissioner.

The candidates needed three quarters of the vote to be elected in the first round, two thirds in the second round or over half from the third round onwards.

Voting rights are split between delegates representing Serie A, Serie B, Lega Pro, head of the amateur leagues (LND), the players' association, the coaches association and the referees.

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