AZZURRI

Prospective new FIGC chief Carlo Tavecchio says he wants to dissuade Giancarlo Abete from resigning, and doubts Italy’s new CT will be decided upon today.
Agent Mino Raiola insists Mario Balotelli is used as a scapegoat “to hide the real problems in Italian football.”
“Not everyone at Milan loves Mario Balotelli,” warned agent Mino Raiola, who also blasted Italy fans and the FIGC.
The rumours are gathering momentum that Antonio Conte could become part-time Italy Coach while at Juventus.
Luis Suarez was banned three times for biting players, but a surprise report claims he was investigated eight times.
Uruguay captain Diego Lugano maintains the Luis Suarez ban was “barbaric” and “a breach of human rights.”
Mario Balotelli “is still the best Italian player out there” and Cesare Prandelli “made him a scapegoat,” according to Mino Raiola.
There are surprise suggestions that Juventus Coach Antonio Conte could be appointed part-time Italy Coach.
Fabio Cannavaro would be “honoured” by the offer of becoming Italy Coach, but his agent said there’s “little concrete” at the moment.
Lorenzo Insigne’s agent admits he was “disappointed” by the lack of World Cup playing time, but rejects Arsenal “as long as Napoli want him.”
Luis Suarez apparently told FIFA’s Disciplinary Commission he “lost my balance and hit my face” against Giorgio Chiellini.
It’s reported Antonio Cassano turned on Gigi Buffon and the Italy ‘senators’ after their World Cup exit.
President of Uruguay Jose Mujica defended Luis Suarez, claiming “Italians provoke and this time they went too far.”
Gigi Buffon slammed those calling for a generational shift. “You have to judge people on what they are doing, not what they could potentially do.”
Tuttosport claims Mario Balotelli could be bought from Milan by a financial institution and loaned to Juventus.
Uruguay Coach Oscar Washington Tabarez quit his FIFA post in protest at Luis Suarez’s ban ahead of the tie with Colombia.
Ciro Immobile’s father has accused Italy of going about their World Cup preparations in the wrong way.
It is reported that Arsenal still want to sign Milan’s Mario Balotelli, despite Arsene Wenger’s recent attempts to play down speculation.
Lorenzo Insigne’s agent has revealed his client is still hurting from Italy’s early World Cup exit.
Sport Mediaset report this afternoon that Roberto Mancini is the favourite to succeed Cesare Prandelli as Italian national team Coach.
Mattia Perin has insisted that he will stay at Genoa, despite constant links of a move away.
Diego Maradona has offered his support to Luis Suarez and hit out at FIFA: “They might as well handcuff him and throw him in Guantanamo.”
Giorgio Chiellini has called Luis Suarez’s four month ban received from FIFA for biting him at the 2014 World Cup ‘excessive’.
Speculation is that Roberto Baggio could be a surprise name in contention to replace Cesare Prandelli as Italy Coach.
The fallout from Luis Suarez’s bite on Giorgio Chiellini continues, as a poker firm drop their sponsorship deal with the Uruguay man.