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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 34 +45 79
2 34 +23 64
3 34 +32 63
4 34 +19 59
5 34 +7 52
6 34 +4 51
7 34 +9 50
8 34 +11 49
9 33 +4 48
10 34 -2 43
11 34 +1 43
12 34 -8 41
13 34 -7 41
14 34 -17 40
15 33 -4 38
16 34 -13 37
17 34 -15 33
18 34 -21 27
19 34 -29 24
20 34 -39 16

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