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A disappointed Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura walks off the pitch after his team was knocked out of the 2018 World Cup. Ventura was dismissed on Wednesday as coach of the team. Photo: Reuters

Italy fire boss Ventura after failing to qualify for World Cup

Gian Piero Ventura was sacked as Italy coach on Wednesday after the four-time champions failed to reach the World Cup finals.

The veteran coach’s fate was sealed after a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Rome.