Italy axe ‘dis­re­spect­ful’ Pelle

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TURIN — Italy coach Gi­ampiero Ven­tura has axed Graziano Pelle for this week­end’s World Cup qual­i­fier against Mace­do­nia, ac­cus­ing the striker of “dis­re­spect”.

The Chinese-based for­mer Southamp­ton for­ward has paid the price for fail­ing to shake his coach’s hand when he was sub­sti­tuted in Thurs­day’s 1-1 draw against Spain.

“Man­ager Gi­ampero Ven­tura, in agree­ment with the (Ital­ian fed­er­a­tion) FIGC, has de­cided to ex­clude Graziano Pelle from the squad for the Mace­do­nia match be­cause of his dis­re­spect­ful be­hav­iour when he was re­placed,” a fed­er­a­tion state­ment read.

“To be part of the na­tional team im­plies the shar­ing of com­mon val­ues and be­hav­iour con­form­ing to the wear­ing of the blue shirt, be­gin­ning with re­spect to­wards the man­age­ment, play­ers and fans.”

Pelle walked off the pitch, ig­nor­ing Ven­tura’s out­stretched hand, and finds him­self pun­ished de­spite of­fer­ing an apol­ogy on so­cial me­dia.

“So once again I’ve done some­thing stupid. I be­haved un­ac­cept­ably to­wards the boss (Ven­tura) and to my team­mates, who have al­ways dis­played their val­ues in this fan­tas­tic group of which we’re part,” he posted on In­sta­gram. — AFP.

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