FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — The owners of two-time Serie A champion Fiorentina have announced they are putting the club up for sale due to fan protests.
A club statement says the ownership is accepting “serious offers only from those who really mean well for the Viola shirt.”
Shoe and leather entrepreneurs Diego and Andrea Della Valle have controlled Fiorentina since 2002, having restarted the club after the previous ownership ended in bankruptcy.
The Della Valles guided the club up from the fourth division back to the top flight but were never fully embraced by the squad’s fans.
After four straight years of finishing in the top five of Serie A, an eighth-place result last month was difficult to accept by the supporters.
Former Fiorentina captain Stefano Pioli was recently appointed to coach the club.
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