La Nazionale’s Euro 2008 destiny is out of their own hands going into the final match of the group, and many people believe that this is mainly down to the referees.
have had three big decisions go against them in the competition, with Ruud Van
Nistelrooy having an ‘offside’ goal given in the defeat against Holland, and Luca Toni having a valid goal given offside
in the draw with Romania.
“We have to
It would be incredible if Holland won against Romania and we
didn’t get the full result with the Bleus,” warned FIGC figure Riva.
“We must avoid thinking of ourselves as victims and crying over spilt milk. It
would mean going into the game with France giving less than 100 per
The Italian media believes that there could be a “biscotto”, a fix, during the
match between Holland and Romania, as the Dutch may deliberately lose in
order to eliminate Italy and
from the tournament.
that in Euro 2004 the match between Denmark
was a definite fix. The Nordic neighbours went into their last group game
knowing that a draw of 2-2 or higher would see both teams through to the
quarter-final at the expense of Italy.
finished 2-2, meaning that the Azzurri were sent packing in hugely
“In my time I have seen many biscotti and even cakes, such as the 2-2 draw
between Sweden and Denmark in 2004, but also the Czech Republic’s equaliser in
the last minute against Russia in 1996 (which also sent Italy out),” explained
Riva, before going on to say that he didn’t think Holland would do the same.
“But we have to think about our own game and nothing else. Besides, Marco Van
Basten is not just a friend of Roberto Donadoni, but of all Italian football.
“I am certain Holland
will play their game.
“In Portugal, the situation was different, as Sweden and Denmark were on a similar level and
went through together.
“Holland are the best team seen in the
competition so far and nobody expected them to put three goals past Italy and four against France. If they sent out the
reserves I’d be happier, as they are fresh and hungry to prove themselves.”