Italy manager Cesare Prandelli is demanding that Fifa allow water breaks during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, mainly due to the heat in South America.

FIFA have banned water breaks during matches due to the game slowing down and to time-wasting, but, according to the Guardian Prandelli believes this is a joke of a decision considering the heat.

"You can't give players water because FIFA want water bottles near the goal posts, you'll get players who will purposely kick the ball out of play just to get a drink of water," the Italian said.

Italy have already judged the heat, when they featured in the Confederations Cup earlier this summer, where the side finished third place after beating Uruguay on penalties 3-2.

But in this tournament the heat was a huge factor, as Brazil stormed to the final beating a number of opponents, including their rout of a tired looking Spain 3-0.

Prandelli proceeded to promise that he'll continue the request into next week.

"It sounds like a joke but in fact it is really serious. We will make this request in the next two days," he said.

The heat is a big issue in Brazil as some of the locations where the Stadiums are based could see temperatures raise to 30 degrees, making it more favourable for the South American sides.

Prandelli's side have been placed in pot four of the World Cup draw, along with the likes of England, Holland and Bosnia. This means's Italy could face the likes of Brazil or Argentina, along with either Holland or England.

Since winning the World Cup in 2006 for the fourth time, the Italians failed in 2010 without winning a single game in their group, finishing below New Zealand.

However they recovered in 2012 to make it to the final of the Euro Championships, where the suffered a 4-0 defeat to Spain.

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