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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 25 +36 63
2 25 +32 56
3 25 +33 54
4 25 +16 48
5 25 +14 48
6 25 +15 47
7 25 +7 44
8 25 +7 40
9 25 +6 35
10 25 -1 34
11 25 -8 32
12 25 -6 30
13 25 -6 29
14 25 -18 28
15 25 -15 27
16 25 -13 25
17 25 -20 22
18 25 -28 14
19 25 -23 13
20 25 -28 12

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