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Italian federation backing Donadoni

The Italian Football Federation has moved to deny reports claiming head coach Roberto Donadoni has been sacked.

A report on Tuesday claimed that Donadoni's time in charge of the world champions had come to an end.

However, an Italian Football Federation spokesman has dismissed the claim, explaining that no official announcement has been made. "There is nothing official," the spokesman said.

The former Livorno boss is under pressure following the Azzurri's poor showing at Euro 2008, which saw the country crash out on penalties against Spain at the quarter-final stage.

Donadoni, who took over from Marcello Lippi after the 2006 World Cup triumph, signed a two-year contract extension just before the European Championship, but an escape clause allows the coach, or the Italian Football Federation, to terminate the deal if they failed to make the semi-finals.

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