Cesare Prandelli resigns as Italy manager after World Cup elimination
NATAL, Brazil (AP) Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says he is resigning after his team was eliminated from the World Cup following a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay.
Italy was reduced to 10 men by a red card for midfielder Claudio Marchisio in the second half and Uruguay went on to score the winner in the 81st minute of Tuesday's Group D match.
Prandelli, who criticized the red card decision, announced his resignation at the start of his post-match news conference.
Minutes later, Italian Football Federation president Giancarlo Abete, sitting next to Prandelli, announced he was also resigning.
Abete said the federation would hold a meeting on Italy's return to discuss Prandelli's decision to quit, saying he hoped the coach would withdraw his resignation.
Abete said his own decision to leave was ''irrevocable.''