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Prandelli submits Italy resignation

24 June 2014 21:02

Cesare Prandelli has confirmed he intends to leave his post as Italy coach following their FIFA World Cup exit on Tuesday.

Italy were eliminated from the competition in contentious circumstances on Tuesday as they were beaten 1-0 by Uruguay in Natal.

Diego Godin's late winner for Uruguay, who secured second spot in Group D behind Costa Rica, followed an apparent bite from Luis Suarez on Giorgio Chiellini.

Claudio Marchisio had earlier been sent off and Italy must now face up to a second successive first-round exit at the World Cup.

Prandelli verbally agreed a new contract extension with Italy in March that was set to keep him in charge of the nation until the end of Euro 2016.

However, he now looks set to step down after submitting his resignation, with Italian FA president Giancarlo Abete also confirming he is to leave his role.

"I talked to the President of the Federation and (vice-president) Demetrio Albertini, and gave my resignation," Prandelli told a press conference.

"After my contract renewal, we almost felt like part of a political party. There have been accusations against us.

"The technical set-up didn't work, and I take all responsibility for that. Something has changed since my contract was renewed.

"I don't know why. I chose a certain technical plan and that's why I am resigning, because it did not work."

Abete added: "I would like to announce my resignation. I do hope that at the forthcoming meeting of the board, they can persuade Cesare to reconsider his position.

"Prandelli has offered his resignation. When we get back, I will call a meeting with the federation and hope he will withdraw it.

"I will go to the board and offer my irrevocable resignation too. I had already made this decision before the World Cup."

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Italy

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Competition
World Cup
Date
24 June 2014
Game week
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Kick-off
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Goals

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81' D. Godín
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