Italy striker Toni to stay with Fiorentina

August 8, 2006

ROME, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Luca Toni is staying at Serie A club Fiorentina, the Italy striker said on Tuesday.

Toni, who scored 31 goals for the club last season making him Europe's top scorer, had been a target for Inter Milan after Fiorentina were punished for their part in a match-fixing scandal involving Milan, Lazio and Juventus.

The club were originally relegated to Serie B before an appeal handed them back their place in the top flight, albeit with a 19-point penalty and stripped of their place in the Champions League.

'I want to play and score some goals,' said Toni.

'Any player would have been tempted by the prospect of the Champions League and a big contract,' said Toni. 'But my colleagues convinced me they wanted me to stay with them.'

Meanwhile, Italy's football clubs' association promoted vice-chairman Antonio Matarrese on Tuesday to head the body.

Matarrese replaces Adriano Galliani, the AC Milan vice-president who was banned for nine months for his part in the recent match-fixing scandal.

An official at Lega Calcio told Reuters that Matarrese had been elected with 26 votes out of 39 at a meeting of the association.

Galliani is set to appeal against his sentence.