Italians fight for football integrity

On the face of it, this evening’s World Cup final is an opportunity for Italy to avenge defeats by France in the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.

8th July, 2006

On the face of it, this evening’s World Cup final is an opportunity for Italy to avenge defeats by France in the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. But for Marcello Lippi’s team, it is much more than that.

Against the background of Italy’s worst-ever match-rigging scandal - which could see 13 of the national squad relegated to lower leagues next season - this final could be more like Italy versus Italy.

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