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Lippi Angered by Question on Northern League Radio Cheering Paraguay Goal

Italy Coach Marcello Lippi criticized journalists for asking about the Northern League radio station’s support of Paraguay at a press conference following yesterday’s World Cup match.

Commentator at Radio Padania Libera, owned by Italy’s anti- immigration Northern League political party, cheered when Paraguay scored against Italy. “Here we go! Paraguay scored!” said the radio announcer Roberto Ortelli after Antolin Alcaraz gave Paraguay a 39th-minute lead in the Group F opener.

Italian journalists asked Lippi after the match, which ended 1-1, to comment on the radio station’s commentary. “I don’t care anything about this,” the coach said. “ You don’t even have to talk about this after a World Cup match.”

Italy’s Captain Fabio Cannavaro later told reporters: “Don’t make me talk about Padania.”

The Northern League is Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s biggest ally and has three ministers in the government including Interior Minister Roberto Maroni.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tommaso Ebhardt in Milan

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