It’s reported Antonio Cassano turned on Gigi Buffon and the Italy ‘senators’ after their World Cup exit.
According to La Repubblica, the Parma man stood with the younger players and pinned the blame on the old guard.
“We only won when you weren’t on the pitch,” Cassano is alleged to have told captain Buffon on the flight home from Brazil.
The goalkeeper was injured for the 2-1 victory against England, as Salvatore Sirigu impressed in his place.
La Repubblica also claims FantAntonio complained that Buffon and Daniele De Rossi “want to make all the decisions.”
It’s reported Buffon threatened to “give Cassano a slap” if he continued his protests.
However, in today’s interview with the Corriere della Sera, Buffon insisted Cassano did “nothing out of the ordinary.
“I don’t understand this desire from the media to create controversy.”
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