Referee Giovanni Mauro bio

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Born
1888-07-21
Intl. since
1920-01-01
Hometown
Domodossola
Country
Italy
Speaks
Italian
Occupation
Chairman Lombardia region
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2011-02-20

Giovanni Mauro was a co-founder of the AIA, the Italian referee association. He became AIA chairman in 1921 and was a big stimulation for it's growth until his death in 1958.

l'Arbitro
Giovanni was active as a football player for 'Milan', just before it was split up between Internationale and AC. Only 23 years old Giovanni already became chairman of the Lombardy region (FIGC) and was involved in creating the structure of the Serie A and Serie B leagues. As chairman of AIA Mauro helped creating the magazine l'Arbitro in 1923.

merits
As international referee Mauro was active at the Olympics of 1920 (Antwerp) and 1928 (Amsterdam).

politics
From 1925 politics became more and more important. During the Mussolini era Mauro tried to keep referees and refereeing organizations as independent as possible. After the war Mauro kept his prominence inside international football. He tried to eliminate all fascist elements from the Italian clubs and became one of the pioneers of the Italian football association (FIGC).

regional groups
Mauro wanted Italian referees to be independent, because since 1927 referees were obliged to be members of a football club when starting a referee career. Mauro created local and regional groups (Gruppi Arbitri). Besides the main regional and central organizations there were just two referee groups in the AIA organization before 1927: Bergamo and Cremona.

trustworthy
Because Mauro was not involved in any fascist organization he had been the more reliable, trustworthy and perhaps politically correct man to change old FIGC structures into the new and modern divisional organizations which lead Italy to further successes and development. Division A and B from season 1929-30 after the reunion of North and South Leagues into a single championship. Mauro became chairman of the Foreign Relationship's office so he was able to organize the first European Club competitions.

1935
In 1935 he offered money for creating a foundation (Fondazione Giovanni Mauro) in charge of awarding a prize the "Premio Giovanni Mauro" to be given the best seasonal Italian referee, a prize awarded up to mid 70es.

after WW2
Just after the end of WW2 Mauro had been the chairman of a special commission in charge of giving back to many clubs what the fascist regime had changed (e.g. clubs forced to merge with others were reestablished and allowed to take part in a similar divisional level they were at before the merging).

active
Until his dead in 1958 he was active for the Italian Football Federation. He died as a bachelor.

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From our reporter: Archie Rogers