Italy Coach Prandelli: No Problem If We Withdraw From Euro 2012

Former Champions could pull out of Euros altogether.

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Italian boss Cesare Prandelli has said he would have no problem if his side have to withdraw from Euro 2012 over the latest match fixing scandal to engulf the Serie A.

Police have made 19 arrests, with Dominic Criscito dropped from the Italy squad after he was questioned at the Country’s training camp. Italian Primer Minister Mario Monti has hinted that domestic football could be suspended for between two and three years, with prosecutors studying 33 matches for signs of suspicious activity.

“If you told us for the good of football we should not participate, it wouldn’t be a problem for me,” said Prandelli, reports the BBC.

“There are things that I believe are more important. I dislike crusades. I prefer to face up to things and not take positions without considering the consequences,” he added.

Italy face world and European Champions Spain in 9 days, with Giovanni Trapattoni’s Republic of Ireland and Croatia also in Group C.

Meanwhile, Criscito has said he is angry at his treatment and feels he has been made into a scapegoat by the Italian Football Association.

“I was shocked. Being dropped from the squad, I know, makes me a symbol of the scandal.

“I feel anger and sorrow because I should not be a scapegoat for something I am not involved with,” the Zenit St Petersburg defender told Gazzetta dello Sport.

In 2006, Juventus were relegated to Serie B and stripped of their League titles after an extensive match fixing trial that also saw other major clubs punished.

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