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Allegri backs banned Conte

14 September 2012 09:24

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri believes Antonio Conte's absence is hurting Italian football.

Juventus coach Conte was handed a 10-month touchline-ban earlier this summer for his failure to report two instances of match-fixing during his spell in charge of Siena, and Allegri struggles to comprehend how his colleague must feel.

"Conte? There are rules and they must be respected. I have faith in the law and the Federation. I admit that I feel sorry for Conte, though, and I really mean that," Allegri told La Stampa.

"Conte's absence is a real loss for the league.

"In these days I've been asking myself how Conte must be feeling, but I can't even imagine it to be honest.

"I want to wish Conte good luck. Sincerely. It's really a shame not to see him on the touchline."

Juventus won their opening two Serie A games without Conte.

Massimo Carrera is in charge of the Serie A champions while Conte is suspended.

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Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 20 +26 48
2 21 +24 47
3 21 +23 44
4 21 +11 40
5 21 +11 39
6 21 +9 38
7 20 +7 37
8 20 +8 33
9 21 +7 30
10 20 -5 26
11 21 -14 26
12 21 -3 25
13 21 -9 25
14 21 -4 24
15 21 -5 24
16 21 -5 24
17 21 -14 21
18 20 -20 10
19 21 -24 10
20 20 -23 9

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