Adriano Galliani has failed in his bid to be re-elected chairman of Italy’s Football League after rivals objected to a potential conflict of interest.
Galliani is vice-chairman of Milan and he has been accused by rival clubs of favouring the bigger clubs in some of his decisions.
Galliani fell seven votes short of the 28 minimum he needed to stay on as chairman.
“At this point, Galliani will start another round of consultations,” said Torino chairman Tilly Romero.
Romero said the league’s members would meet again on December 10, although no vote would be taken then.
Lazio chairman Claudio Lotito, Fiorentina owner Diego Della Valle, Cagliari chairman Massimo Cellino and Palermo chairman Maurizio Zamparini won one vote apiece on Monday. There were 12 abstentions and five spoilt ballot papers among the 42 eleigible voters.