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Criscito: I should have gone to Euro 2012

The Zenit St Petersburg defender feels that the decision to cut him from the Azzurri roster for this summer's tournament was wrong, especially given that Leonardo Bonucci remains

Domenico Criscito has criticized the Italian football federation (FIGC) for its decision to drop him from Italy's Euro 2012 squad because of his alleged role in the Scommessopoli scandal.

The Zenit St Petersburg defender was axed from the Azzurri's roster after he was placed under investigation in the probe into match-fixing.

However, Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, who is also under investigation but has not received an official notification from the authorities, did make the squad for this summer's tournament, and Criscito feels he should have made the cut as well.

"We both should have gone to Euro 2012. The fact that I received an official note does not mean that I'm guilty," Criscito was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport. "Perhaps FIGC should have read the order before cutting me from the team. I have never done anything wrong, and I refuse to be the scapegoat for something I have nothing to do with.

"I was shocked by what happened, but I was ready to go to Euro 2012. The prosecution told my lawyer that I would not be questioned any time soon. There was no problem for me to participate at the tournament."

Italy has been paired with Croatia, Spain and Republic of Ireland in Group C. It starts the tournament against the defending champions on June 10.

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