Haha I've not been proven guilty yet!
BERGOMI KEEPS ITALY JOB...FOR NOW
Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, the FIGC, the Italian Football Federation, has decided that Giuseppe Bergomi will retain his jobs as the manager of Italy and also Inter Milan until his court date for match-fixing on December 27th at the end of the year.
"Giuseppe Bergomi has been a servant of his country for his entire life, and so we have opted to allow him to keep his post until he is either proved guilty or innocent at his trial on 27/12/17," said a statement of the official FIGC website.
This has come as somewhat of a pleasant surprise to many fans who expected Bergomi to be banned from the touchline at the least until after the court date, should he have been proven innocent. It seems that the usually very strict Italian FA has found a soft spot for their World Cup hero and given him a reprieve for at least a month.
Bergomi has, in response, finally named his 23 man squad to travel to Cyprus and look to bring home a win to stay sharp and in tune as the World Cup approaches next summer. Argentinian born winger Alejandro Gomez could be in line for his first Italy cap after impressing for AC Milan over the years.
The full team is as follows:
GoalkeepersSalvatore Sirigu (PSG)
Francesco Bardi (Ajax)
Emiliano Viviano (Juventus)
DefendersIgnazio Abate (Valencia)
Alessandro Crescenzi (Atletico Madrid)
Guilherme Siqueira (Granada)
Davide Astori (Juventus)
Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan)
Giuseppe Bellusci (Inter Milan)
Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)
MidfieldersGiacomo Bonaventura (Napoli)
Andrea Poli (Inter Milan)
Lorenzo Crisetig (Inter Milan)
Daniele De Rossi (Leverkusen)
Alessandro Florenzi (Udinese)
Sebastian Giovinco (Juventus)
Claudio Marchisio (Juventus)
Marco Verratti (Liverpool)
Alejandro Gomez (AC Milan)
ForwardsMario Balotelli (Bayern Munich)
Lorenzo Insigne (Inter Milan)
Mattia Destro (Inter Milan)
Fabio Borini (Porto)