Cesare Prandelli appeals for change in immigrant law

Under current law, children of legal immigrants born in Italy can only apply for citizenship once they turn 18. And FIFA rules require that only citizens play for national teams.

updated: December 03, 2013 22:28 IST
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Rome: Italy coach Cesare Prandelli issued an appeal on Tuesday for a law change that would allow children of immigrants to play for the country's national teams before they turn 18.

That's a chance that Mario Balotelli never had.

"Other nations are ahead of us in this department. I think and hope that soon these new Italians will have a chance to gain citizenship," Prandelli said at the Foreign Press Association.

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