ROME (AP) Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio is under pressure again for alleged discriminatory remarks, this time reportedly aimed at Jews and gays.
Italian daily Corriere della Sera reports that Tavecchio made the remarks to online outlet Soccer Life in June while discussing the sale of an amateur league's headquarters to real estate mogul Cesare Anticoli.
Tavecchio tells Corriere that he's being targeted for blackmail and that he doesn't recall uttering the alleged remarks, adding that they ''might have been manipulated.''
Still, local Jewish and gay rights groups called for Tavecchio's removal.
Tavecchio was already suspended for six months by UEFA last year when he made a racist comment during his election campaign, causing a stir over a reference to bananas when discussing the presence of foreign players in Italy.