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Criscito omitted from Italy's Euro 2012 squad

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Criscito: I should have gone to Euro 2012
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Criscito: I should have gone to Euro 2012

Demetrio Albertini, vice-president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), has announced that defender Domenico Criscito will not be included in Italy's squad for Euro 2012.

The left back's room at Italy's training camp in Coverciano was searched by police on Monday morning as part of an investigation into match-fixing in Italian football.

Now, the governing body has consequently decided not to send the Zenit St Petersburg man to this summer's European Championship due to recent events.

"Criscito will not be part of the team that represents Italy at Euro 2012. His priority now is to clarify what happened today [Monday]," Albertini confirmed at a press conference. "Although he has insisted that he has not played a role in any of this, he is very sorry to have got the national team involved."

Criscito was widely expected to be named in Italy's final 23-man squad, but national team coach Cesare Prandelli will have to make do without the defender in Poland and Ukraine.

Italy meets Croatia, Republic of Ireland and Spain in the group stages of the competition.

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