Panucci Explains Cikalleshi Issue
Albanian Daily News
Published September 7, 2017
The Italian coach of the Albanian National Team, Christian Panucci seemed to be highly nervous during a press conference on Thursday when asked about Cikalleshi issue. The Italian strategist said the striker was not gathered during these two matches because he showed disrespect, choosing to be present in signing the contract with Osmanlispor before the national team.
"The plane left at 08:00 while the call to me came at 09:00. I was disrespected. This was not a request for permission but a total disrespect. Contracts are signed by the manager and medical visits can be made to the center in Tirana. If a player's son is hospitalized of course I will allow him to go, because the family comes first. But when the National Team is gathered you should be here. I am not referring only to Cikalleshi but to everyone," said Panucci.