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'Arrogant' Lippi flayed for remarks

FORMER Italy boss Dino Zoff has called Marcello Lippi "arrogant" for blasting the sections of the Parma crowd that gave his side flak during Wednesday's 3-2 win over Cyprus in its last World Cup qualifier.

Lippi described the fans' reaction after his side conceded two goals as shameful and said a national team that won the 2006 World Cup and qualified for next year's finals in South Africa with a game to spare deserved more respect. "You cannot allow yourself to be so arrogant," Zoff said. "The crowd has the right to chant for who they want. Lippi can disagree with them, but he should do so with a degree of politeness." Lippi conceded later that he had not been very diplomatic. "I got angry and let off steam. That's my way of protecting the team."


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