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Italy coach Cesare Prandelli reveals Mario Balotelli was nearly

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says he toyed with the idea of dropping Mario Balotelli from his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Armenia and Denmark after being left “hurt” by the Manchester City striker's decision to schedule laser eye surgery during the last international break.

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Malta to legalise divorce after bitter referendum

The staunchly Catholic island of Malta was yesterday set to end its status as the only European nation that does not allow divorce after a narrow "Yes" victory following a bitterly fought referendum campaign.