Tuesday December 19 2017
‘World Cup without Italy a tragedy’

FIFA President Gianni Infantino calls it “a tragedy” to have a World Cup without Italy.

The Azzurri failed to qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Russia, having lost to Sweden in the play-offs, and the head of world football’s governing body gave his thoughts as he attended the Collari d’Oro ceremony in Rome.

“Before being a director I’m a fan, and I have to admit a World Cup without Italy is a tragedy,” Infantino, who is Swiss but of Italian descent, told reporters.

“There’s a need to work well to take Italy back to where it deserves to be, on top of the world.”

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