FIGC president Giancarlo Abete admits Italy coach Marcello Lippi was upset after the boos that his players copped during last night's 3-2 victory over Cyprus.
Lippi was livid after the victory, calling the Stadio Tardini crowd "a disgrace" for protesting when they were 2-0 down.
"I spoke to Lippi and he was very upset, as he thought certain comments were not deserved. We knew we were starting with a completely different line-up and so expected more support," said Abete.
"I think it normal and right that Lippi defends the squad, but this sort of thing is part of the sport.
"Of course everyone has their role and the right to give constructive criticism, but the team ought to be supported when it goes through a moment of difficulty in a match.
"The team showed a great response, as I don't know how many people honestly believed it would end 3-2 when we were trailing 2-0."