Friday June 1 2012
Abete explains Criscito snub

FIGC President Giancarlo Abete insists Mimmo Criscito was dropped due to his “psychological” situation amid the betting scandal.

Criscito complained this week that he was frozen out of Euro 2012 after being placed under investigation by magistrates, but Leonardo Bonucci has been included although many expect him to be served with a notice of investigation soon.

“Unfortunately, Criscito received the notice of investigation and police searched his room at Coverciano,” noted Abete on Rai Sport.

“We are convinced he will emerge positively from this matter, but the very investigation created a psychological problem for him and the squad. Prandelli therefore decided not to call him for the Euros.

“There is sadness and we understand the lad’s state of mind. We have the utmost faith in the sporting justice system.”

Gianluigi Buffon was also dragged into the affair by the newspapers, although magistrates have assured there is no evidence against him.

“Was the timing of this story aimed at causing problems? It is our duty to not create even further suspicion during a difficult time for the country and this sport.

“Some elements of the scandal could be described as nauseating, but we must always be wary of generalising.”

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