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Old 05-29-2012, 06:11 PM   #187
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Italians strike again
Italy’s hopes of winning a second UEFA European Football Championship suffered a major setback on Monday, when first-choice left back Domenico Criscito was left out of the Azzurri’s Euro 2012 squad after Italian police searched his room at Coverciano in connection with the Scommessopoli scandal.

Criscito was one of seven players cut by Azzurri boss Cesare Prandelli ahead of Italy’s international friendly with against Luxembourg, with Emiliano Viviano, Davide Astori, Salvatore Bocchetti, Luca Cigarini, Ezequiel Schelotto and Marco Verratti also getting the ax.

However, Criscito was the only player omitted as a result of the Scommessopoli scandal.

With that said, the drama surrounding Italy’s Euro 2012 campaign does not end there.

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, who is also being investigated for his connections with the Scommessopoli scandal, has been included in Italy’s Euro 2012 by manager Cesare Prandelli.

Bonucci was featured in 33 games for Serie A champions Juve, who went the entire league campaign without defeat in 2011-12.

The 25-year-old defender started two matches for Italy in European Championship Qualifying, with the Azzurri earning four points from those fixtures.

The whole Scommessopoli ‘scandal’ has really devastated Italian football, according to Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni.
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