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 By Ben Gladwell
4 hours ago

Italian federation hands 11-year-old player 2-month ban for racial slurs

UEFA has banned Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio for six months following racist remarks he made last month.

An 11-year-old Italian boy has been handed a two-month ban after he racially insulted a referee during a youth game in Tuscany.

The incident happened on Oct. 18 when the boy, who was not even on the field at the time for AC Prato in their game against Maliseti, "repeatedly made racial insults" from the bench, according to reports. He was shown the red card by the referee and ordered to leave the area.

An automatic ban was imposed while the matter was investigated.

That investigation has now concluded...

2 days ago

Fabio Cannavaro investigated in Italy for tax evasion, report says

ROME -- Italy's winning World Cup captain Fabio Cannavaro and his wife are reportedly under investigation for tax evasion.

Local media reported Wednesday that nearly one million euros (more than $1 million) worth of goods linked to the Cannavaros were sequestered by tax police in their hometown of Naples.

The investigation is reportedly related to a luxury yacht company, which has been accused of evading more than one million euros in taxes from 2005-10.

Without providing details, Italy's tax agency...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Oct 16, 2014

Mario Balotelli still targeting title for Liverpool this season

Roberto Mancini believes Liverpool must teach Mario Balotelli how to behave in order to fulfill his potential.

Mario Balotelli admits that he needs to improve his form in front of goal if Liverpool are to challenge for the Premier League title and if he wants to earn a recall to the Italy national side.

Balotelli, 24, has scored just one goal in eight games since joining from AC Milan in the summer and was consequently left out of Antonio Conte's Azzurri squad for the recent Euro 2016 qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Malta.

Liverpool currently sit ninth in the Premier League table with 10 points from seven...

 By Ben Gladwell
Oct 15, 2014

Graziano Pelle indebted to 'guru' Louis van Gaal, says Italy striker's father

Andrea Pirlo has hailed his Italy teammates after securing a late win over Azerbaijan in their Euro 2016 qualifier.

The father of Southampton and Italy striker Graziano Pelle says that had it not been for Louis van Gaal, his son would probably be with him, selling coffee, rather than playing in the Premier League and representing his country.

It was the Manchester United manager who signed Pelle for AZ Alkmaar in 2007, when his career in Italy was showing no sign of taking off. In spells with Lecce, Catania, Crotone and Cesena, Pelle scored just 16 goals in four seasons before a move to the Netherlands launched...

Sumeet Paul blog profile  By Sumeet Paul
Oct 14, 2014

Milan men Abate, Montolivo and El Shaarawy key to Italy hopes

The ESPN FC panel discuss Iceland's surprising form in their European qualification campaign, AC Milan's ability to return to prominence and Raheem Sterling's work ethic.

Despite winning all four games since replacing Cesare Prandelli as Italy coach, Antonio Conte has failed to convince entirely thus far. The former Juventus boss has guided the Azzurri to joint-top in Group H of Euro 2016 qualifying, but tense wins over Azerbaijan and Malta have left the Italian media with more questions than answers.

While individuals have been praised, the collective have fallen short of impressing with La Gazzetta dello Sport noting that Italy "failed to show up" particularly...