It is no longer news that Italy did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup holding in Russia.

This is the first time Italy will not qualify in over 50 years and the reality is so hard for most Italians.

The Italian FA president Carlo Tavecchio, under whose leadership this misfortune befell the country, has decided to throw in the towel.

The 74-year-old handed in his resignation during a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation in Rome.

“He informed us of his resignation,” Damiano Tommasi, the head of the Italian Players’ Union, told journalists outside the federation headquarters.

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura was sacked last Wednesday after a 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat by Sweden saw the four-time champions miss the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

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