Graziano Pelle has been kicked out of the Italy squad

12 months ago, Graziano Pelle was wanted by Juventus, pretty well respected in the Premier League and Southampton, a club looking towards pushing for a Champions League qualification spot.

Now, the former Saints striker is a redundant player, who sold his soul for the mega bucks in the Chinese Super League, and has just been kicked out of Italy’s squad, and won’t take any part in Sunday’s game against Macedonia.

Pelle refused to shake his gaffer’s hand when subbed off, with Gianpiero Ventur clearly not taking too kindly to the public display of disrespect – depsite playing it down post-match:

“These things happen,”

“I think Graziano was more angry at himself and the way his performance went than anything else.”

Gianpiero Ventur

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That was clearly just a classic case of a manager not wanting to air their dirty laundry in public, but you can imagine Pelle got a rocket up his arse when back in the dressing room, given the statement from the FIGC, this morning:

“Being part of the national team involves the sharing of values of your teammates and the famous blue shirt.

“This starts with respect towards staff, teammates and supporters.

“The player will today return to his club.”

With a lot of spare time on his hands, this week, the former Parma man won’t be short of things to do, given the fact he earns a tidy £125,000-a-week.

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