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Italian FA chief hits out at Serie A clubs for foreign player focus after World Cup play-off loss

Italian FA chief hits out at Serie A clubs for focusing TOO MUCH on foreign gamers after their shock World Cup play-off loss… accusing them of seeing the nationwide crew as ‘an irritation’ and of placing up ‘resistance’ to gamers being known as up

  • Aleksandar Trajkovski’s objective earned North Macedonia a win in opposition to Italy
  • The Euro 2020 champions will miss a second consecutive World Cup after loss 
  • Italian FA President Gabriel Gravina attended the post-match press convention
  • He claims Serie A sides view nationwide crew responsibility for their gamers as an ‘irritation’

Italian FA President Gabriele Gravina has accused clubs within the nation’s prime division of focusing an excessive amount of on foreign gamers following their shock World Cup play-off semi-final defeat.

Aleksandar Trajkovski’s last-gasp objective earned minnows North Macedonia a shock 1-0 victory in Palermo and a meeting with Portugal for a spot at this year’s event in Qatar.

The defeat will nearly definitely spark an inquest in Italy, who will now miss a second straight World Cup after lacking the 2018 showpiece in Russia after related heartbreak in opposition to Sweden.

Italian FA chief Gabriele Gravina (centre) has accused Serie A clubs of focusing too much on foreign players

Italian FA chief Gabriele Gravina (centre) has accused Serie A clubs of focusing an excessive amount of on foreign gamers

Italy have failed to make a second consecutive World Cup after defeat by North Macedonia

Italy have did not make a second consecutive World Cup after defeat by North Macedonia

But Gravina – sat subsequent to boss Roberto Mancini within the post-match press convention – slammed Serie A sides’ ‘resistance’ when gamers are known as up, and claims the perimeters view nationwide crew responsibility as an ‘irritation somewhat than alternative’.

‘Our coaches have a really troublesome job selecting gamers as a result of solely circa 30 per cent of the youth crew gamers are Italian,’ Gravina said via Football Italia.

‘Another concern is that whereas the lads arrive with enthusiasm, each time we name them up, the clubs put up resistance. They see the Nazionale as extra of an irritation than a chance.’

It comes after Gravina’s request final month for Italy’s prime flight to postpone a spherical of Serie A fixtures was rejected.

Gravina slammed Serie A sides' 'resistance' when players are called up to play for the Azzurri

Gravina slammed Serie A sides’ ‘resistance’ when gamers are known as as much as play for the Azzurri

Gravina was wanting to delay the thirtieth spherical of Serie A fixtures that befell final weekend with the intention to give the Azzurri as a lot preparation time as doable.

But requested if he was offended that the proposal which might have allowed Mancini’s males three days to organize for the play-off semi-final, he mentioned: ‘It’s disappointing the lads mainly solely had one full day of coaching. That would not assist, however I do not need to trigger controversy.’

Former Man City boss Mancini’s future is about to come back beneath additional scrutiny regardless of main Italy to Euro 2020 glory simply final summer time.

Gravina gave his backing to boss Roberto Mancini after their shock defeat in Palermo

Gravina gave his backing to boss Roberto Mancini after their shock defeat in Palermo

The 57-year-old signed a contract extension with the Azzurri till 2026 in May final year, and Gravina insists there are not any plans on his half to half methods. 

‘I hope Mancini continues with us,’ Gravina added.

‘He has a dedication with us for this project, I hope he can shake off this elimination identical to all of the Italians and that he stays at the helm to proceed our work collectively.’

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