After Gianluigi Donnarumma was booed in Milan, Italy wants the World Cup qualifier against Switzerland to be played in Rome.
After goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was booed last week, Italy is attempting to have the November match against Switzerland moved from the San Siro.
The Azzurri are set to play in Milan once more, but according to tuttomercatoweb, a new venue is in the works after Donnarumma’s insults.
After his contract with AC Milan expired in the summer, the 22-year-old joined PSG on a free transfer.
It’s a decision that has enraged the Rossoneri supporters, who booed him when he returned to San Siro after the Nations League loss to Spain.
As a result, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has decided to move Italy’s next home fixture to a different stadium.
On November 12, Roberto Mancini’s side will face Switzerland in a key World Cup qualifier, however the location has yet to be determined.
The Stadio Olimpico in Rome has been mentioned as a prospective venue, although it is currently hosting a rugby match between Italy and New Zealand six days prior.
And, following concerns from Roma and Lazio managers Jose Mourinho and Maurizio Sarri, it’s unclear whether the pitch will be fit for the game.
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Another option is the Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo, as well as the Mapei Stadium in Sassuolo and the Allianz in Turin.
As alternatives, grounds in Florence, Udine, Palermo, and Bari are being lined up.
Italy is three points ahead of Switzerland in their World Cup qualifying group.
And a win over the Swiss next month will effectively seal Qatar 2022 qualification as group winners.
The home crowd’s reaction may have surprised Donnarumma, especially after he led Italy to Euro 2020 victory in July.
Arrigo Sacchi, a former AC Milan coach, was unsurprised by the boos, calling Donnarumma’s move a “betrayal.”
According to Football Italia, he said: “There was clearly a betrayal. Betrayal must be punished in kind in football and in real life. So don’t be surprised if you hear a few jeers.” Last month, Italy played Bulgaria and Lithuania in home internationals at Sassuolo and Florence, respectively.
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