Monday May 28 2012
Criscito surprised by raid

The agent of Domenico Criscito is adamant that the player has done nothing wrong after his room at Italy’s Coverciano training base was searched by police.

The Zenit St Petersburg player, formerly of Genoa, was targeted by the authorities as their probe into the betting match fixing scandal gathers pace.

“He’s very calm even if surprised by what has happened,” representative Andrea D’Amico told Sky Sport Italia. “He’s an honest guy.

“All that he did was take part in a meeting with some Genoa fans.”

Criscito’s place at Euro 2012 is now in some doubt given that boss Cesare Prandelli was set to name his 23-man squad later today.

“On a sporting level, he won’t be affected by this,” D’Amico continued. “After all, he knows that he has done nothing wrong and he’s only concentrating on working hard.”

Criscito didn’t take part in Azzurri training this morning.

As part of the same probe, police searched the home of Juventus boss Antonio Conte. According to ANSA, the tactician was out of town at the time of the raid. He has now returned to his residence.

Reports suggest that Prandelli may now cut his 32-man squad to 25 today, before naming his final 23 tomorrow.

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