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By ESPN Staff

Livorno chief hopes for swift UEFA Cup exit

MILAN, Oct 30 (Reuters) - The president of Serie A club Livorno says he hopes his team get knocked out of the UEFA Cup soon so they can focus on their domestic campaign.

After Sunday's disappointing goalless draw with Empoli, Livorno owner Aldo Spinelli questioned coach Daniele Arrigoni's decision not to play a weakened side in the UEFA Cup this season.

'I don't want to criticise Arrigoni but the fact is that we don't have the strength to play in both the UEFA Cup and Serie A.

'I hope will be out of Europe soon. We are having a mediocre season and Serie A is our priority,' Spinelli told Italy's Sky Sport television.

Livorno are away to Serbia's Partizan Belgrade on Thursday in the UEFA Cup and Arrigoni said he, not Spinelli, would decide on the starting line-up.

'You can say that we are not at our peak at the moment but knocking ourselves out of the UEFA Cup seems ridiculous to me. I rotate the squad regularly and maybe some players will be rested but one thing is for sure - I will decide the team line-up as I always do,' the Livorno coach said.

Livorno are in Group A in the UEFA Cup along with Partizan, Rangers, Maccabi Haifa and Auxerre.