The Italian FA were so confident of beating Sweden to qualify for the World Cup finals next year they went ahead and pre-booked hotels in Russia.
OK, you have to be prepared but they look a bit silly now.
Now they have to pick up the bill.
Having not missed a World Cup since 1958 it will be weird not having the four-time winners at football’s biggest tournament.
Italy’s failure to qualify signals the end of the international careers of Gianlugi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Daniele De Rossi.
Coach Gian Piero Ventura was also dumped as part of the public fallout.
Now Denmark, freshly qualified after beating Ireland with a Christian Eriksen hat trick this week, are looking to do the dirty and move in on Italy’s reservations.
The head of the Danish FA Claus Bretton-Meyer has alerted Russian hoteliers with a load of unusable Tricolore bed sets.
Bretton-Meyer told Sport TV2 that Denmark is facing slim pickings with the major nations already having booked the best spots.
Apparently the Germans have already laid their towels on the sun loungers at The Ritz-Carlton Moscow.
Bretton-Meyer confirmed the Danes are looking at Italy’s now-vacant base.
On taking Italy’s reservations he said: “I’m sure it’s also there [for consideration].”
But as you can imagine, the digs for the likes of Buffon, de Rossi and the boys were a bit more glamorous than Denmark were planning on.
The Danish FA CEO said there was a ‘big difference’ between the preferences of the Danes and Italians.
While he’s assessing possible locations that suit the team best, Bretton-Meyer explained that the logistics for Danish fans in Russia is also a priority for him.