Italy Sacchi

Italy Sacchi

In this picture taken Tuesday, April 4, 2006, AC Milan's Arrigo Sacchi waits for the start of a Champions League second leg quarter-final soccer match between Milan and Lyon at San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. Former Italy coach Arrigo Sacchi was severely criticized Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, for saying that "there are too many colored players" in the youth sides of Italian clubs, and that is affecting "national pride and identity." Sacchi said that he is "certainly not racist and my past as a coach shows that." But referring to an international youth tournament in Viareggio, he said: "I've got to say there are too many colored players, even in the youth squads." He made his comments at an awards ceremony in Montecatini Terme on Monday night. "I only wanted to underline that we're losing our national pride and identity," Sacchi said when asked by sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport to clarify his statements. Sacchi led Italy to the 1994 World Cup final. He now writes a regular column for Gazzetta and appears on TV as a commentator. Government cabinet undersecretary and sports delegate Graziano Delrio called Sacchi's comments "a serious mistake." (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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April 04, 2006 04:00:00 AM
February 17, 2015 07:47:53 PM
Luca Bruno
AP
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PICTURE TAKEN TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2006.
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2006 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, FIFA World Cup, Cabinets, Men's soccer, Soccer, Events, Government and politics, Men's sports, Sports, Men's soccer, International soccer, Soccer, Sports, Professional soccer
Milan, Italy
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