FIFA World Cup: Cesare Prandelli Quits as Coach After Italy's exit

Updated: 25 June 2014 14:16 IST

Italy's 1-0 loss to Uruguay sent them crashing out of the FIFA World Cup 2014. They had also been eliminated in the first round in the 2010 edition.

FIFA World Cup: Cesare Prandelli Quits as Coach After Italy's exit
Italy's head coach Cesare Prandelli gestures during the Group D FIFA World Cup game vs Uruguay. Uruguay edged 10-man Italy 1-0 to reach the second round. © AP

Natal, Brazil:

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says he is resigning after his team was eliminated from the World Cup following a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay. (Italy Knocked Out)

Italy were reduced to 10 men by a red card for midfielder Claudio Marchisio in the second half and Uruguay went on to score the winner in the 81st minute of Tuesday's Group D match. (Suarez the Biter?)

Prandelli, who criticised the red card decision, announced his resignation at the start of his post-match news conference.

Minutes later, Italian Football Federation president Giancarlo Abete, sitting next to Prandelli, announced he was also resigning.

Abete said the federation would hold a meeting on Italy's return to discuss Prandelli's decision to quit, saying he hoped the coach would withdraw his resignation.

Abete said his own decision to leave was "irrevocable."



Topics : FIFA World Cup 2014 Italy Football
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