Sunday, 25 March 2007

Lippi boosts Euro 2012 bid

Italy have called on the big guns to help support their bid for the Euro 2012 games, as Marcello Lippi is going to Cardiff.

The peninsula is on the shortlist to host the tournament along with joint bids from Ukraine-Poland and Hungary-Croatia.

A decision will be made in Cardiff on April 18, so all the nations are inviting renowned figures to provide a final push.

Originally a member of the World Cup winning squad had been pencilled in to join the delegation, but reports in today’s ‘Gazzetta dello Sport’ suggest the attention turned to the coach who lifted the trophy.

Lippi resigned from the Azzurri after that Germany 2006 triumph and has blamed the Calciopoli scandal’s search for scapegoats as the main reason.

The ‘Gazzetta’ also alleged that there is a dirty tricks campaign against Italy’s candidacy for Euro 2012.

Letters were sent to the members of UEFA’s technical commission, but one of these was Giancarlo Abete – who is set to become FIGC President next month.

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