> international level are decided in the corridors of power but most
> people know that the world game is not decided at the meeting table,
> otherwise it wouldn't be as exciting as it is,' said Carrraro.
> It is hard to avoid the conclusion that those Carraro refers to have
> had their outlook influenced by living in a country where corruption,
> in football and society in general, was widespread for many years and
> where there were proven cases of match-fixing.
> But, there is also a curious view in Italy that due to their history
> and tradition, the Italians deserve to be treated in a more favourable
> manner by referees.
> Speaking after Italy's exit defender Fabio Cannavaro said of the
> referees: 'Unfortunately at this World Cup they messed up.
> 'We have to ask why we were treated in this way? In international
> football we are an important team'.