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Sunday July 6 2014
They Said What?!

The Portuguese for Cassanate, Gigi Buffon's opinion sneeze and Luis Suarez gives the physical result of an apology in Susy Campanale's quotes of the week.

“Antonio Cassano was out of control. The cleaning lady went up there to clean the room, which is necessary, and he shouted in her face. He’s not normal in the head.”

Now the staff at Italy’s Mangaratiba World Cup camp know the Portuguese term for ‘Cassanate’

“Sometimes opinions burst out of me like sneezes.”

Stay away from Gigi Buffon or risk being hit by estimation snot

“At that moment of impact, it forced me to bend my knees, and lost balance and ended up falling on the opponent. I slammed my face against the player leaving a small bruise and sharp pain in the teeth – therefore the referee stopped the game. This is what happened and in no case what has been described as a bite or attempting to bite happened.”

Luis Suarez’s testimony to FIFA is about as credible as one of Arjen Robben’s dives

“The truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collusion he suffered with me. For this, I deeply regret what occurred, I apologise to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family and I vow to the public that there will never again be an incident like this.”

Suarez made an apology, but without the physical result of genuine remorse or responsibility

“It’s a breach of human rights that a player cannot go into a stadium where there are 80,000 people or into a hotel with his team-mates, that he cannot work for four months. He has done wrong, but this is barbarity. Not even a criminal would receive this penalty.”

Know what else is barbaric, Diego Lugano? Biting someone during a sporting event

“You have to judge people on what they are doing, not what they could potentially do. This is how you build men, otherwise you risk looking like an idiot.”

Buffon must write terrible school report cards. ‘Has potential, which means NOTHING.’

“Italians provoke and this time they went too far.”

President of Uruguay Jose Mujica reveals Giorgio Chiellini spread some delicious Italian pate on his shoulder

“It’s pretty good to get millions for doing nothing. The team lost and it doesn’t affect his pay in any way. Thief! Even the way he looks makes it hard to like him. He looks like a schoolteacher.”

MP Vladimir Zhirinovsky wants Fabio Capello to go hunting and horse-riding without a shirt – things proper Russian leaders do

“Transparency and credibility matter more than anything else in football.”

Yes, FIFA President Sepp Blatter really did say that without a trace of irony

“I must apologise. The one at the end was a penalty, but the other one was a dive in the first half. I shouldn’t be doing that.”

Robben realised the error of his ways. It only took an entire career to reach that conclusion...

“Only when there is hatred around the team do we seem to pull our socks up and perform.”

Arrigo Sacchi has the answer to Azzurri problems: more insults

“Mario Balotelli needs to resolve problems with his ego.”

Coming from Aurelio De Laurentiis, that’s gotta hurt

“I’d love to have a talk to Mario... If I were his Coach, I’d treat him the same way I did players like Strunz, Edmund and Antonio Cassano, all difficult guys who I can modestly say I put on the right path. I spoke to them like a father. I’d knock on the door at midnight, ask if they were sleeping and give important advice.”

Giovanni Trapattoni reveals all troubled players really need is a bedtime story

“Which of the current crop is similar to me? No, that’s impossible – there’s nobody like me!”

And there never will be, Faustino Asprilla

“Everyone seems to think we live the high life. Obviously we are honoured to play for the National team, but the way we travel and our hotels... I don’t think they’re spending money for our journeys. I simply wanted to know where the money given to us by FIFA was going.”

Kevin-Prince Boateng and Ghana were staying in a BBnB – Brazilian Bed and Breakfast

“I’ll work for TV – at least I don’t lose matches when I work on TV. I have a quiet life in front of me.”

Ottmar Hitzfeld can kick back, relax and watch other Coaches suffer instead

“Two years ago I had the opportunity to go to New York, but I’m delighted I chose Orlando. My family is also happy with this choice.”

Ricky Kaka is going to Disney World!

“There was great affection towards me and it wasn’t easy to break away from that environment. Some players came to the airport to see me off. I’ve never seen that anywhere else in the world.”

Alberto Zaccheroni is accustomed to insults and rotten tomatoes after a first round World Cup exit, or at best blessed indifference

“Benitez never liked me and I don’t know why.”

Maybe Rafa saw Pablo Armero’s dance moves for Colombia...

“Other than Italy, I lost during the World Cup. I was about to sell Balotelli to an English team for millions. But after this World Cup who will buy him anymore?”

Milan President Silvio Berlusconi considers taking Mario on to QVC

“New owner Tommaso Giulini must be thanked because he has freed us from an embarrassing situation.”

Cagliari legend Gigi Riva sums up Massimo Cellino pretty well

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Have your say...
Gentlemen,
Let's not forget the shaft Italy received in 2002 against South Korea,compliments of the corrupt and now criminal ref from Ecuador. Who signed him up? Germany was relieved to see Italy out of this WC. They have never beaten us in a competitive match and never will.
on the 20th July, 2014 at 7:17pm
@ GARRY - ALWAYS WILL BE AS LONG AS THE CHEAT SEPP BLATTER IS THERE!!! THE SAME WAY THE DRAW WAS CHANGED JUST 2 DAYS BEFORE IT WAS DONE TO SAVE FRANCE FROM BEING THE UNSEEDED EUROPEAN SIDE...... GUESS WHO GOT THE SHORT END OF THAT STICK...... ITALY AND WHY...SEPP BLATTER.. HE HATES ITALY PLAIN AND SIMPLE
on the 8th July, 2014 at 7:39am
So the mexican ref will officiate the Brazil-Germany semi.
Good luck Germany. you will need it... a lot
on the 8th July, 2014 at 4:13am
Still shocked the idiot who officiated the game against Uruguay gets a semi final. Making decisions against Italy must be something that is rewarded at FIFA?
on the 7th July, 2014 at 1:27am

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