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Lippi Angry After Northern League Radio Cheers 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.

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