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Albertini shoots down Criscito hopes

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 5 Jun 2012

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Demetrio Albertini has dismissed Domenico Criscito’s claim he was promised a recall to the Italy squad for Euro 2012 in the case of injury.

Zenit St Petersburg defender Criscito was omitted from the squad after being implicated in the Scommessopoli scandal.

Following an injury to Andrea Barzagli, a spot in the Italy squad may become available, and Criscito has claimed he would be called upon by national coach Cesare Prandelli in such a circumstance.

However, Italian Football Federation (FIGC) vice-president Albertini has stated Prandelli would only consider including Criscito if the 25-year-old former Genoa man should he be proven innocent.

“I was there when they (Criscito and Prandelli) discussed this,” Albertini told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Prandelli said: ‘If you are no longer under investigation and someone gets injured, you are the first that I will consider.’

“Firstly, we hope Barzagli will recuperate. Secondly, there are no new developments with Criscito.”

With Criscito still under investigation, Italy have instead asked Cagliari defender Davide Astori to remain on stand-by, should Barzagli fail to recover.

Italy’s opening match of Euro 2012 comes against reigning champions Spain on June 10.

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