Monday May 28 2012
Criscito out of Euro 2012, say Italy

Italian Football Federation Vice-President Demetrio Albertini has confirmed that Domenico Criscito will not be in Italy’s Euro 2012 squad.

The decision was taken after the Zenit St Petersburg player was caught up in the betting match fixing investigation.

Police raided the player’s room at Italy’s Coverciano training base at 6.25am this morning.

Although the player has protested his innocence, the left-back will not be taken to Poland and the Ukraine this summer.

“Criscito won’t be a part of the championships,” Albertini stated. “He’s eager to sort out his own personal situation. That is his objective.

“He’s disappointed that he’s created this situation, even if he has underlined that he has done nothing wrong.

“Italy boss Cesare Prandelli spoke to him this morning, then he spoke with the lawyers and myself. It’s enormously disappointing.

“The decision to not include Criscito is understandable. The Federation has given its support to Prandelli.

“Criscito has gone to the changing rooms today, he spoke with his teammates who all showed him their affection.”

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