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Italy axe ‘disrespectful’ striker Graziano Pelle

Turin (Italy) (AFP) – 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.
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