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Italy soccer chief resigns after failure to reach World Cup

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FLORENCE, ITALY - OCTOBER 26: Carlo Tavecchio president of FIGC during the unveiling of the new Italian Football Federation training center on October 26, 2015 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

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ROME (AP) Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio has resigned a week after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Monday’s announcement came following calls for a complete overhaul of the nation’s most popular sport, from the amateur leagues right up to Serie A and the national teams.

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Sweden’s playoff win over Italy kept the four-time champion out of the World Cup for the first time in six decades.

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura was fired two days after the loss.

For the last week, Tavecchio has resisted calls to step down but he eventually lost the support of the federation’s board of directors.

Former federation chief Giancarlo Abete said as he left the board meeting where Tavecchio resigned that a new election would be held within 90 days.