Italian players dejected at the end of their 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off. Photo: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Apocalypse, how? The Italian Football Federation’s president, Carlo Tavecchio, had defined the prospect of missing out on the 2018 World Cup as a disa(...)

Carlo Tavecchio president of FIGC during the unveiling of the new Italian Football Federation training centre last month. Photograph: Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

Italian soccer federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio is in trouble again, this time for apparently making disparaging comments about Jewish and (...)

Italy Antonio Conte has received death threats from  Juventus fans over the injury picked up by   Claudio Marchisio. Photograph: Vassil Donev/EPA

Italy coach Antonio Conte has received death threats from angry Juventus fans who blame his training methods for the injury that will probably rule mi(...)

Arrigo  Sacchi pictured during his time as Italy’s national youth team director in 2011. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Former Italy and AC Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi walked himself into a major row on Monday night when saying that “there are too many coloured players i(...)

Former Italy and AC Milan boss Arrigo Sacchi has denied he is a racist after he said there were too many ’coloured’ players in Italian youth teams. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Former Italy head coach Arrigo Sacchi has denied being racist after saying there are “too many players of colour” in youth teams.Speaking at an awards(...)

 Pope Francis eating lunch   at the Vatican workers’ cafeteria in July 2014. Photograph: AP Photo/L’osservatore Romano

Around here, the times they are a changin’ . . . or are they? From Pope Francis through to current Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, there is ce(...)

Fifa has asked the Italian Football Federation  to investigate comments made by Carlo Tavecchio, the favourite to become its next president. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Fifa has asked the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) to investigate comments made by Carlo Tavecchio, the favourite to become its next president, in(...)

Mario Balotelli of Italy has often been in the firing line from “ultra” fans who target the international with foul-mouthed racist invective. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

“England checks out players when they arrive in the country, to see if they are professional enough to play. With us, however, ‘Opti Poba’, who yes(...)