Thursday, 10 May 2007

Siena set for name change?

Serie A minnows Siena are investigating the possibility of changing their club name to incorporate that of a sponsor.

The Tuscan side have signed a new three-year deal with their bank shirt sponsors – Banca Monte dei Paschi – but part of the deal means they will have to at least explore the possibility of a name change.

As a result, Siena will now reportedly contact the Lega Calcio and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) to see if they could be referred to as ‘Montepaschi Siena’ from next season.

The act of sponsors making up team names is a common occurrence on the Italian volleyball and basketball scene.

The Stadio Artemio Franchi side would become the first football club in the Italian game to take such a step if they are given the green light by the authorities.

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