2019 Italian Mixed Team Cup : An agreement has been found between Lorenzo Lauria and Ezio Fornaciari, Vicepresident of the Italian Bridge Federation (FIGB).
Lauria’s team will partecipate in the 2019 Cup. The team consists of: Lorenzo Lauria, Cristiana Morgantini, Monica Buratti,Carlo Mariani and Ezio Fornaciari (no playing captain).
In November 2018 team FORNACIARI won the Italian Mixed Team Cup. The team was captained by Mr Ezio Fornaciari, Vicepresident of the Italian Bridge Federation (FIGB) and member of Italian Championships Committee. The team consisted of: Italian Star Lorenzo Lauria and his wife Cristiana Morgantini, Monica Buratti, Carlo Mariani, Irene Barone, Bogdan Marina and Marina Emanuela Stegaroiu. According to the Specific Regulation of Italian Mixed Team Cup, Fornaciari Team is eligibile to enter the final stage of the 2019 Cup.
Last year, several months before the final stage of 2018 Cup, Mr Fornaciari and three other players withdrew (Barone, Marina, Stegaroiu). Following the captain’s resignation, the Fornaciari Team played the final stage four-handed and won the Cup. No formal statements were released about the captains’s withdrawal and even if just four members of the team played the final stage, the title and master points were assigned to the whole team (8 players).
As the team now consists of four players only, they cannot enter the final stage of the 2019 Cup, because, without a formal statement by Mr Fornaciari, they do not represent the 2018 winning team. According to the Specific regulation of Italian Mixed Team Cup, the Defendant Champions are eligible to enter the 2019 final stage, if 2019 team consists at least of 5/8 players fielded in 2018. Team captains can line up additional players, as long as 5/8 are the same as the previous year. Alternatively, the captain can line up an entirely new team. But if there is an agreement between all the members of the 2018 team, any player can become captain and select the 2019 team.
Therefore, the four winners of the 2018 Cup cannot enter the 2019 Cup, but the Captain could enter with a new line-up.
The Italian Federation did not admit Lauria’s foursome to the final stage of 2019 Cup. Therefore, Lauria, Morgantini, Buratti and Mariani filed an appeal to Federal Sports Court, but their complaint was reject because the team consist of 4/8 of the 2018 team and there is no formal agreement between the foursome and the other players.
Lauria stated that in virtue of his ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ with Mr Fornaciari he decided not to appeal against the Court Sentence. Instead, he wrote a letter to Mr Fornaciari asking him to release a written agreement and to address this situation as soon as possible.
At the beginning of August Mr Fornaciari called Lorenzo Lauria and an agreement has been found: Ezio Fornaciari has decided to be a member of team as no playing captain. Therefore, Lauria’s team consists of 5/8 players fielded in 2018 and they will be admit to the final stage of 2019 Mixed Team Cup.