Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has claimed that the 'Scommessopoli' scandal is making everyone involved in Italian football look like mafiosi.
It was announced on Monday that Italy left-back Domenico Criscito will play no part in Euro 2012 after his room at the Azzurri's training camp at Coverciano was searched by police investigating the latest match-fixing scandal to rock the country.
Given that this is not the first time Italy's preparations for a major tournament have been overshadowed by allegations of corruption, a disheartened Trapattoni cannot help but lament the effect the affair will have on the nation's already-tarnished image.
“It is a devastating story,” the former Azzurri boss told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “If the magistrates are doing something, it is because there is some truth in this.
“I, who have travelled abroad for some time, must say that we give an ugly image of our football.
“As an Italian, the first feeling is that we are mocked abroad, we are always linked to illicit dealings and are considered mafia members.
“This only damages us because I can claim to have paid the price for an attitude that affects everyone.”
Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland have been drawn in the same group as the Azzurri at Euro 2012.