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Fri Apr 25 04:31:05 SAST 2014

Conte absent for Juve friendly

TEAMtalk Media | 06 August, 2012 11:380 Comments
FC Juventus v Malaga CF - Pre-Season Friendly
Juventus coach Antonio Conte looks on during the pre-season friendly between Juve and Malaga at Stadio Arechi on August 4, 2012 in Salerno, Italy
Image by: Paolo Bruno / Getty Images

Juventus coach Antonio Conte was missing from the touchline as his side claimed a 2-0 pre-season friendly victory over Malaga on Saturday night.

Conte watched on from a private box as Alessandro Matri bagged a brace to see off the financially troubled La Liga outfit in what was the Bianconeri's final pre-season outing ahead of their Italian Super Cup encounter against Napoli on August 11.

The Italian tactician is facing the prospect of a 15-month touchline ban as requested by prosecutor Stefano Palazzi for his part in the latest match-fixing scandal to have rocked the country.

Juve decided that Massimo Carrera, who is part of the club's coaching staff, would stand in for Conte against the Spaniards, which they see as a viable solution should the Italian Football Association disciplinary committee (FIGC) mete out the lengthy suspension.

Carrera would only take charge of the team on match days as Conte would still be able to train with his players during the week, but cannot be present in the dressing room before or during the matches.

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