Luciano Moggi launched a scathing attack on Italy’s World Cup squad, noting they only beat “born losers” England.
The former Juventus director general, who was banned from all football-related activity in the wake of the Calciopoli scandal, now writes a column in newspaper Libero.
“If the FIGC limited access to Serie A from so many foreigners, if the Lega disciplined the market to prevent this excess and the clubs looked after their youth academies better, then our image in the world would be improved.
“As things stand, that image was destroyed by the defeat to Costa Rica. There’s no point complaining now about our Nazionale.
“For example, in the past Thiago Motta wouldn’t even have found a space on the bench. Gabriel Paletta is also unworthy to wear the same jersey as so many great Italian defenders of previous years."
Moggi's vicious criticism was not only aimed at the Italy squad, but also at Roy Hodgson's England side.
“We can explain what happened in Manaus, where we grabbed a victory against a group of kids who were put on to the field in the least bad way by a manager who is by his very nature a born loser.
“This success was celebrated to a ridiculous degree, with many who talked about them as one of the best teams in Brazil.”