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World Cup failure sees head of Italian FA quit but board refuse to follow

The news comes a week after Gian Piero Ventura was sacked as manager of the Italian national team.
Nov 20th 2017, 3:59 PM 2,080 1

CARLO TAVECCHIO HAS resigned as the president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) following Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

Italy: FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off - Italy vs Sweden Dejected Italian players after last week's game. Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

The 74-year-old confirmed his decision at a news conference following a meeting at the FIGC headquarters in Rome today.

It comes after Italy were knocked out 1-0 on aggregate in last week’s World Cup play-off against Sweden.

It was reported the rest of the FIGC board had also agreed to step down, but Tavecchio claims they have refused to do so.

“I resigned as president and I asked the whole of the board to do the same. They didn’t,” he said.

“My target now is to manage the FIGC for the next 90 days before the elections.”

Tavecchio also claimed it was not his decision to appoint Gian Piero Ventura as Italy head coach.

Italy: FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off - Italy vs Sweden A disappointed Italian coach Gian Piero Ventura after the Swedish loss. Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

He says the 69-year-old, who left his post last Monday in the wake of the loss to Sweden, was the choice of former boss Marcello Lippi.

“They say ‘Tavecchio chose Ventura’. That’s not true. Lippi chose him,” he said.

“Am I to blame for something? Yes: I should have changed coach last Monday at half-time.”

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