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Abate backs resilient Italy

SoccerNews in European Championships, Serie A 5 Jun 2012

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AC Milan defender Ignazio Abate believes the Scommessopoli probe will not prevent Italy from enjoying a successful European Championship.

The 2006 World Cup winners’ preparations for the Euro 2012 have been disrupted by the news that Domenico Criscito and Leonardo Bonucci are both being investigated for their alleged role in the match-fixing scandal.

However, Abate is adamant that the recent events will not have a negative effect on Italy’s performances in Poland and Ukraine.

“We are a team with a lot of desire to do well, and I believe that we will have a great Euro 2012,” Abate was quoted as saying by AGI.

“You have to be in top condition at a tournament like this, and I think that we will be in perfect shape.

“We have isolated ourselves from all the gossip and rumours. We are only focused on playing football. That is the only way to reach our objectives.”

Italy open their tournament with the Group C match against Spain on June 10, before facing Croatia and Republic of Ireland.

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