Police raid: Italy defender dropped from Euro 2012
Domenico Criscito was on Monday dropped from Italy's Euro 2012 squad after his room at the side's training camp was searched by police as part of a match-fixing probe that also saw Lazio captain Stefano Mauri arrested.
Italian football federation vice-president Demetrio Albertini said the decision was taken jointly by the association and national team coach Cesare Prandelli, despite prosecutors insisting that Criscito was not charged and was free to play.
"He (Criscito) is disappointed about the repercussions on the national team and the dressing room," said Albertini. "He explained certain things to me and I believe his version and in his innocence."
The search of Criscito's room came as police swooped in a series of dawn raids up and down the country, targeting a number of top players as part of an investigation into alleged match-fixing.
The investigation - the latest to hit Italian football - comes on the day Prandelli was due to announce his final squad for the showpiece tournament in Poland and Ukraine in just over two weeks' time.
Published May 29 2012