Speaking to journalists in Istanbul on Tuesday, where he began coaching Turkish side Galatasaray, Prandelli said he received threats after Italy’s exit from the World Cup in Brazil.
“I received threatening letters. My technical project at the World Cup was unsuccessful, but to read articles or see TV broadcasts in which I’m compared to people I don’t want to mention...it could be dangerous,” Prandelli was quoted in La Repubblica as saying.
The former Italy coach was referring to being compared in the national media to Schettino, who is currently on trial for the Costa Concordia crash in which 32 people died, the newspaper said.
Prandelli resigned immediately after Italy was booted out of the World Cup, failing to make it past the group stages in a repeat of their poor 2010 performance in South Africa.
He is not the only Italian coach to face problems after the tournament in Brazil.
Fabio Capello, who coaches Russia, was branded a thief after the side came third in its World Cup group. The Italian has reportedly been summoned to a meeting with Russian politicians amid calls for his resignation.