Italy survive early scare to see off Albania

Holders Italy battled back for a hard-earned opening victory after Albania scored the fastest goal in a European Championship match. Nedim Bajrami made history after just 23 seconds when he thrashed a strike into the top right corner but Albania’s jubilation was not long-lasting with Alessandro Bastoni and Nicolo Barella firing Italy to victory.

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Sandro Tonali charged for alleged breaches of betting rules

Newcastle United midfielder Sandro Tonali has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association for alleged breaches of betting rules. The 23-year-old is currently serving a 10-month ban issued by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in October for breaking betting rules in Italy. Tonali joined Newcastle from AC Milan in July for £55m.

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Italy’s Sandro Tonali and Nicolo Zaniolo leave squad amid betting probe

Italy stars Nicolo Zaniolo and Sandro Tonali have been sent home from the national team squad amid an investigation for illegal betting, Juventus player Nicolo Fagioli is also under investigation for the same. Sky Italia state that the police are seeking clarifications from the Newcastle United midfielder and the Aston Villa winger in the illegal betting case and for their involvement in it.

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Legendary Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon retires aged 45

Former Italy goalkeeper and World Cup winner Gianluigi Buffon has retired from football aged 45. Buffon brings an end to a 28-year career that saw him lift the World Cup in 2006 along with 10 Serie A titles with Juventus and Ligue 1 with Paris St-Germain. He ends his career where it began in 1995, at Parma, now a Serie B club.

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Former Italy striker and Chelsea legend Gianluca Vialli dies aged 58

Gianluca Vialli, the former Italy and Chelsea striker, has died aged 58 after a long brave battle with pancreatic cancer. Vialli was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2017 and then for a second time in 2021, shortly after Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph. His passing has seen an outpouring of emotion across the world of football.

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