Fans want Serie A strike over Italy World Cup failure, says players' boss

The president of the Italian Professional Footballers' Association (AIC), Damiano Tommasi, says he has been flooded with calls from fans asking him to ballot for a strike in Serie A out of protest at Italian FA (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio's refusal to resign.
Tommasi left an FIGC meeting on Wednesday when Tavecchio announced he was to fight on amid calls for him to step down following Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup.
The former Roma midfielder, who had spells with QPR, Levante...
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Sweden praise De Rossi for boarding bus to apologise for Italy fans' whistles

Daniele De Rossi boarded the Sweden bus following Italy's World Cup playoff defeat in Milan on Monday to apologise for the whistles heard during the Swedish national anthem.
Sweden's national anthem was drowned out by whistles from many of the 74,000 fans inside the San Siro. Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon and several other members of the side responded by applauding the anthem in a show of respect.
Humble in defeat, De Rossi boarded Sweden's bus before it departed the San Siro and delivered his...
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Italian FA wants 'big name' replacement for Gian Piero Ventura

Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio says he is seeking a "big name" successor to Gian Piero Ventura following his dismissal as Italy coach on Wednesday.
Ventura was sacked after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years, losing out in their playoff to Sweden.
The former Torino coach was appointed by Tavecchio to succeed Antonio Conte following Euro 2016 and lasted less than two years at the helm.
He was considered a low-cost option after sponsors...
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Martin O'Neill suggests he plans on Republic of Ireland stay

Martin O'Neill has indicated that he plans to stay on as Republic of Ireland manager despite the nation's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Ireland's hopes of reaching a first World Cup since 2002 were brought to an end with a 5-1 defeat to Denmark in the second leg of their playoff on Tuesday.
Former Leicester, Celtic and Aston Villa boss O'Neill, who led Ireland to Euro 2016, said he would hold talks with Football Association of Ireland head John Delaney but suggested he expected to remain...
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Italy should have picked Sebastian Giovinco for qualifiers - agent

Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco's agent has hit out at Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura for ignoring his client and said his use of a restricted group of players was part of the reason for Italy's World Cup failure.
Giovinco was not called up by Ventura despite outstanding form in Major League Soccer.
But agent Andrea D'Amico told TMW Radio: "Giovinco never even received a call.
"For him not to be called up is one thing, and that can happen, but for him [Ventura] not even to send somebody to...
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Denmark boss Age Hareide thanks Ireland 'for giving us space'

Denmark manager Age Hareide thanked Republic of Ireland for giving his side, and in particular matchwinner Christian Eriksen, the space within which to thrive.
Eriksen hit a hat trick as Denmark ran out 5-1 winners in a World Cup playoff second leg in Dublin on Tuesday to qualify for the finals in Russia next summer after a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Parken.
And Hareide had a message for Ireland after the match as he praised Eriksen for his contribution.
He said: "Just to say, 'Thank you very...
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Denmark celebrate World Cup qualification with giant beer shower

Denmark registered an emphatic 5-1 win over the Republic of Ireland in Tuesday evening's playoff to comfortably secure their passage to the World Cup.
Having gone behind with just six minutes on the clock, the Danes roared back to well and truly trounce Ireland on home soil.
The post-match celebrations were equally as emphatic, with former Denmark international Lars Jacobsen becoming the target of a beer shower.
Former @Everton, @WestHamUtd & @Rovers player Lars Jacobsen gets a soaking from @ChrisEriksen8 & the Denmark team!— ITV Football (@itvfootball) November 14, 2017

Christian Eriksen and company soaked Jacobson to the bone, with the ex-Everton defender...
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Olympic president urges Carlo Tavecchio to resign over Italy failure

Italy's Olympic Committee president has urged Italian Football Association (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio to step down after the country's failure to qualify for the World Cup.
FIGC officials are due to meet on Wednesday to discuss the consequences of Italy missing out on a World Cup for the first time in 60 years.
Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago said the 1-0 aggregate playoff defeat to Sweden meant Tavecchio should step down.
He told Sky Sport Italia: "I've spoken with Tavecchio and...
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World Cup Absent XI: Buffon, Sanchez, Bale, Pulisic, Aubameyang to miss out

Alexis Sanchez and Gareth Bale headline a host of big names who will be absent from next summer's World Cup after Chile and Wales failed to qualify for the tournament.
Italy were the biggest casualties from the playoffs, with a number of their stars retiring afterwards, while the U.S.'s big hope for the future, Christian Pulisic, will also miss out.
With all 32 teams now confirmed, here is an all-star XI from the players not on the plane to Russia 2018.

This team would compete well, just not at the World Cup.
GK: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Juventus)
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Republic of Ireland boss O'Neill tips hat to 'world-class' Eriksen in defeat

Martin O'Neill admitted his Ireland team were "well beaten" by a "world-class" player in Christian Eriksen after Denmark's 5-1 win in Dublin claimed a place at next year's World Cup finals.
"He played very very well," said O'Neill of Tottenham playmaker Eriksen after the second leg of a playoff. "He's a top class player and he proved it tonight."
Eriksen grabbed a hat-trick as Denmark powered past the Irish having conceded a sixth minute goal to Shane Duffy's header. "It's a real disappointment,...
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