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FIGC president Abete stands by Lippi appointment

FIGC president Giancarlo Abete stands by the appointment of Marcello Lippi for Italy's disastrous World Cup campaign.

Lippi took responsibility for the failure immediately after the game which raised doubts as to how wise it was to recall him in 2008 after Roberto Donadoni was axed.

"I have to take my responsibilities as the President of the Italian Football Federation and the national team," said Giancarlo Abete.

"I chose Lippi and it is a choice that I don't regret because there is no reason to. After the European Championship we decided to hire a Coach who won us a World Cup.

"There is gratitude towards him, but also legitimate criticism for the disappointment of this World Cup.

"There is a lot of bitterness, sadness and disappointment over what has happened but we have to take responsibility for what has occurred.

"We expect mass criticism but not insults, we are calm but also responsible. We must keep a balance in these difficult times."

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