MILAN Dec 15 Telecom Italia is
playing no role in a stand-off between French group Vivendi
and Italian broadcaster Mediaset, the phone
group's Chairman Giuseppe Recchi said on Thursday.
Vivendi, which is Telecom Italia's top shareholder, has
built a 20 percent stake in Mediaset in just three days in a
hostile raid that has drawn the ire of the Italian government.
Recchi said his group had "nothing to do" with the
stake-building, "neither directly nor indirectly."
"We are totally extraneous," he said.
(Reporting by Giulia Segreti)