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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 37 +48 86
2 36 +23 67
3 36 +32 66
4 37 +18 63
5 37 +17 59
6 36 +11 58
7 36 +6 54
8 37 +10 52
9 36 +1 51
10 36 -2 46
11 36 +1 46
12 36 -16 44
13 36 -11 43
14 36 -10 42
15 36 -11 41
16 36 -5 41
17 36 -17 36
18 36 -22 28
19 36 -31 24
20 36 -42 17

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