Christian Panucci has lashed out at Russia head coach Fabio Capello for not backing him and other assistants on the national team staff over a contract dispute.
The ex-Roma defender was part of Capello’s coaching team with Russia but stopped working for them a few weeks ago when the Russian Football Union (RFU) failed to make good on a pledge to give them new contracts.
Panucci and fitness coach Massimo Neri, who accepted the assistant positions back in 2012, had worked without a contract since their previous deals ended at the conclusion of the World Cup in Brazil.
The former Italy international says Capello did not come to his assistance.
He said: “I thank him (Capello) for the opportunity that he gave me.
“But he has behaved in a shameful manner with me and all his Italian staff.
“I will tell him face to face the next time I see him.
“A great coach should defend his men and he didn’t do that.”
Panucci played for many years under Capello at AC Milan, Real Madrid and Roma.
“After returning from Brazil, they (RFU) had promised me a new contract many times but they never put those words into writing,” he said.
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