Italy want next World Cup qualifier in Rome after Donnarumma was booed in Milan


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The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) is preparing an alternative stadium for the November clash against Switzerland.

The Azzurri were due to play at San Siro in Milan – but after Gianluigi Donnarumma was the subject of boos there last week, a new venue is in sight, according to tuttomercatoweb.

Donnarumma started in goals at San Siro in the 2-1 Nations League semi-final loss to SpainCredit: Getty

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And not only did he find himself on the losing side, but he also suffered abuse from the Milan public.Credit: EPA
Force FIGC to rethink plans for Italy's next home game

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Force FIGC to rethink plans for Italy’s next home gameCredit: Reuters

The 22-year-old left childhood club AC Milan for PSG this summer with a free transfer after his contract expired.

It was a move that was not welcomed by the Rossoneri loyalists who booed and hissed loudly on his return to San Siro in the Nations League loss to Spain.

The FIGC have decided to change stadium for Italy’s next home game.

Roberto Mancini’s side will face Switzerland in a crucial World Cup qualifier on November 12 and it is not yet clear where that will be.

Rome’s Stadio Olimpico has been touted as a possible venue, but the stadium is hosting a rugby match between Italy and New Zealand six days earlier.

And after complaints from Roma and Lazio bosses Jose Mourinho and Maurizio Sarri, it is not clear whether the pitch will be in a suitable condition to hold the game.


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Another possibility is the Gewiss stadium in Bergamo, as are the Mapei stadium in Sassuolo and the Allianz in Turin.

Plots in Florence, Udine, Palermo and Bari are also lined up as alternatives.

Italy currently leads Switzerland in their World Cup qualifying group by three points.

And the victory over the Swiss next month would effectively confirm qualification for Qatar 2022 as the group winner.

The need to move to a different stadium to avoid taunting Donnarumma does not appear to be a problem.

Italy’s home internationals last month against Bulgaria and Lithuania were played in Sassuolo and Florence respectively.

But the goalkeeper may have been shocked by the reaction of the home crowd after helping Italy win Euro 2020 in July.

Although former AC Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi was not surprised by the boos directed at Donnarumma’s “betrayal”.

He said, as Football Italia reported: “Obviously there was a betrayal. In football and in everyday life, betrayal must be repaid in kind. So let’s not be shocked by a few taunts.

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