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Prandelli ready to pull Italy out of Euros
02/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
Cesare Prandelli says he would have no problem pulling Italy out of the European Championships, which start in a week's time, if that decision was taken to avoid tarnishing the image of the game.Italy is being dragged through the mire once again due to a match-fixing scandal, in which first choice left-back Domenico Criscito was caught up leading to Prandelli ditching him fro... Full Story »
Questions raised over Buffon payments to bookmaker
01/06/2012 by Goal.com
The Guardia di Finanza has revealed that it has raised questions over payments made by Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon to a bookmaker.According to a document released by Italy's financial law enforcement agency, the Juventus goalkeeper made out 14 cheques to a Parma-based tobacconist, which also serves as a betting shop, over a nine-month spell. The report claimed that Buffo... Full Story »
Italy prepare for Russia friendly
01/06/2012 by ESPNSTAR.com
Italy will look to get their Euro 2012 preparations back on track when they take on Russia in a friendly.The friendly in Zurich is the only warm-up game the Azzurri will play before they open their European Championship campaign against Spain on June 10. It should allow them to refocus ahead of the tournament following an unsettling week.Cesare Prandelli's men were set to pla... Full Story »
If Balo walks the hate mob have won
01/06/2012 by The Sun
PASSIONATE ... Manchester City and Italy striker BalotelliMARIO BALOTELLI could walk off the pitch if he suffers racism during Euro 2012 — but I am begging him not to do this.Otherwise, the racists will have won and the many people who have fought against racism around the world have died in vain.It’s not nice being abused from the terraces. I have suffered it in the past.Th... Full Story »
Buffon defends right to free speech after controversial Scommessopoli comments
31/05/2012 by Goal.com
Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon has defended his right to free speech after causing controversy with his comments on Scommessopoli.The Juventus goalkeeper intimated earlier this week that it is only natural that teams will sometimes agree on a draw if a point suits both sides, a view which was not well received in light of the ongoing investigation into match-fixing within th... Full Story »
Shut down our football for three years, says PM Monti as Scommessopoli envelops Italy
31/05/2012 by Dailymail
The name given to the latest scandal to engulf Italian football on the eve of the European Championship is Scommessopoli. In the 1980s they called it Totonero, and six years ago Calciopoli. The names change, but, sadly, the stench of corruption that has hung over the sport for decades in Italy refuses to go away.And the Italian premier Mario Monti went so far as to propos... Full Story »
EURO team camps latest: 30 May
31/05/2012 by UEFA.com
Frank Lampard (left) suffered an injury scare in training with England todayUEFA EURO 2012 begins in little more than a week and all 16 finalists are applying the finishing touches to their pre-tournament preparations. UEFA.com has reporters assigned to every team involved who will provide daily updates from the camp.PortugalWith three days still to go until Portugal's fina... Full Story »
Buffon angered by match-fixing suspicions
31/05/2012 by YAHOO Sport
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has spoken about his anger following rumours that he is involved in the Calcioscommesse match-fixing scandal gripping Italy.The rumours were sparked by something he said previously when talking about teams playing for a draw when the result suits them both.Buffon was speaking out in support of his Juventus coach Antonio Conte, who is unde... Full Story »
Final UEFA EURO 2012 squads confirmed
30/05/2012 by UEFA.com
The 16 UEFA EURO 2012 contenders confirmed their 23-man squads for the final tournament, with just ten days to go until the first matches in Poland and Ukraine.France's Laurent Blanc was one of the last coaches to announce his final squadUEFA EURO 2012 moved a step closer today with the 16 contenders confirming their 23-man squads for the finals before the 12.00CE... Full Story »
Ranocchia and Destro miss Italy cut
30/05/2012 by UEFA.com
There was no place for defender Andrea Ranocchia and striker Mattia Destro when Italy coach Cesare Prandelli named his final 23-man squad for UEFA EURO 2012.Cesare Prandelli has named his final 23-man squad for the EUROItaly coach Cesare Prandelli named his 23-man squad for UEFA EURO 2012 a few hours ahead of the friendly game against Luxembourg in Parma with defender Andre... Full Story »