Pelle kicked out of Italy squad

Sunday World - - World Of Sport - Reuters

ITALY for­ward Graziano Pelle has been kicked out of the na­tional squad over his an­gry re­ac­tion to be­ing sub­sti­tuted against Spain when he re­fused a hand­shake from coach Gi­ampiero Ven­tura.

The Ital­ian Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (FIGC) said the 31year-old had been ex­cluded from the squad which will travel to Skopje to face Mace­do­nia in their Group G World Cup qual­i­fier to­day.

Pelle, who has al­ready apol­o­gised for his tantrum, was taken off an hour after an in­ef­fec­tive dis­play in the World Cup qual­i­fier which ended in a 1-1 draw on Thurs­day.

The coach, in agree­ment with the FIGC, has de­cided to ex­clude Graziano Pelle ... for dis­re­spect­ful be­hav­iour when he was sub­sti­tuted,” the FIGC said.

To be part of the na­tional team in­volves the shar­ing of val­ues which are wor­thy of the na­tional team, start­ing with re­spect to­wards the staff, team­mates and fans.”

Ven­tura had ini­tially ap­peared to play down the in­ci­dent, even be­fore the for­mer Southamp­ton player, who is now based in China, had apol­o­gised.

Pelle was an­gry, I think this was not so much be­cause of the sub­sti­tu­tion as the way we had played up to that point,” he said after the game. It’s part of foot­ball, it’s some­thing I’ve seen many times in my ca­reer. But when you wear the Italy shirt, you need to be care­ful.”

Pelle ad­mit­ted on In­stra­gram he had messed things up”.

It was un­ac­cept­able be­hav­iour, firstly against the coach and also, to­wards my team­mates, who have al­ways shown me to have im­por­tant val­ues in this fan­tas­tic Italy group we be­long to.

Like any great mis­take, I ac­cept the con­se­quences. And it is only right that I take re­spon­si­bil­ity. I of­fer my apolo­gies from my heart to ev­ery­one.

Vet­eran goal­keeper Gian­luigi Buf­fon was also pre­pared to for­give and for­get, he said be­fore Pelle was ex­cluded.

He’s a great guy and in the cold light of day, I’m sure he will re­alise he was wrong. If he apol­o­gises for his be­hav­iour, we will be happy to em­brace him. It was wrong, but th­ese things hap­pen in such tense matches.

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