When Lippi was asked if he had already decided what to do, he kept silent and a smirk developed on his face.
By all indications, Lippi made up his mind to leave weeks ago. He feels he and his son, Davide, were attacked personally in the corruption scandal tainting the domestic game.
While he is not under investigation, Lippi was questioned by prosecutors before the World Cup over alleged pressure he received to select certain players for Italy's team. His son is under investigation for his position at a player agency linked to the scandal, the AP reports.
With or without him, Lippi said Italy has the right mix of players going ahead to the 2008 European Championship.
Deputy Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Russia, Lubos Vesely, was among 20 diplomats, who were expelled from the Russian Federation