It was a very different scene when former Italy striker Giorgio Chiellini and then-Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri faced off at the 2013 World Cup final.
Chielli was accused of sexual assault by a woman he played with in the Italian Serie A. Allegri said it was a false accusation and the former Serie A player has since left Juventus.
This week, the Italian Football Federation has changed its rules, banning any player accused of committing a crime from participating in the 2018 World Cup.
It’s a major blow to the reputation of a player who was once hailed as the future of the game.
And the fallout is already being felt.
Football italia has the details of how the new rules were brought in, and a look at what has changed.
It says: In the past, allegations of sexual harassment and assault were treated with the same seriousness as other crimes and the player would receive disciplinary action for his behaviour.
This has changed, however, as now a conviction for sexual assault can lead to a suspension of up to a year, a fine and/or both.
There are also new provisions on how the alleged perpetrator is to be investigated, as well as new restrictions on how long a case could last.
This means that, if the alleged offender is a player, it’s now possible to charge him/her before a trial, even if he/she is not a suspect in the investigation.
For the first time, players who have been suspended from a game may also be barred from attending a certain tournament in future.
If the accused player is a team, they are banned from attending any internationals in their country until they complete their suspension.
For a team to be banned from any competition, they must complete a sanction that lasts six months and include a ban on the player attending the tournament.
The same rules apply for any player who has been suspended for more than two years.
It also includes any player whose conduct has been deemed unacceptable by a disciplinary body, but whose actions are not deemed to be serious enough to lead to disciplinary action.
It will not be possible to request an appeal of a suspension, although the suspension can be overturned by a vote of the governing body.
The rules also require the governing bodies to consider the possibility of extending the suspension if they believe the alleged conduct is likely to have a serious impact on the national team, and the team must notify the governing authority within 14 days of any proposed extension.
They also give the governing authorities the power to take disciplinary action if the player has been found guilty of an offence of which he/ she is not guilty.
It was only last month that the governing committees of both the Italy and Spain national football teams voted to ban players from participating during the 2018 tournament.
There have also been suggestions that the Italian and Spanish football associations could be considering introducing new disciplinary measures, including banning certain players from participation for two years and a maximum fine of 10,000 euros ($11,300).
But while the new guidelines are welcomed, they will not go far enough.
For one, there are still many questions that remain unanswered about what constitutes a serious sexual offence.
For another, the new restrictions are only a temporary solution.
As Allegri admitted when he announced the change, it was the case that players who were found guilty would be suspended for a longer period of time, which was why the Juventus defender Mario Mandzukic was suspended from the 2014-15 season.
It would have been easier to impose a lifetime ban on Mandzuka, given his extensive record, but the Italian federation decided to suspend the forward for a period of six months instead.
Allegria’s move comes as a significant blow to players who used to be able to freely go about their business in Italy.
They used to get away with it because they were part of the “old guard”, who could still play at any time of day or night.
In the wake of this, the rules were changed to make it more difficult for players to travel around the country and still participate in the sport.
And while the ban is now permanent, there is still the potential for further action, such as the possibility for a player to be suspended from international competitions in future, and then removed from the national side in the event of a repeat offence.
It is also important to note that a player cannot be removed from a national team at any point, which means that the ban cannot be lifted at any stage.
If there is no immediate threat to Italy’s participation, it could be a few weeks or months before the ban can be lifted.