Juventus boss suspended after boiling over at match officials

Italian Serie A boss Antonio Conte of Juventus has been slapped with a two-match ban after his conduct towards match officials following the Zebras’ 1-1 draw at home to Genoa on Saturday, January 26.

First place Juventus, which is just three points ahead of Napoli in the league table, had hoped to extend their lead heading into the crucial match.

However a series of questionable calls in the match reached a flash point when referee Marco Guida to award a late-game penalty kick to Juventus.

Conte ran on to the pitch during the game and later described the officiating decisions as “shameful.”

After the match he also hinted that referee’s Guida’s decisions were based on the fact that he hails from the Naples region giving league officials no choice but to act.

The league’s disciplinary boss said that the suspension was handed out because Conte acted in an intimidating towards the linesman and other match officials.

The Italian FA also announced Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta was banned for three weeks for a similar offence towards the referee and defender Leonardo Bonucci will sit out a game for his behaviour.

Conte had just served a four-game suspension earlier this season, when as the coach of Siena, failed to report a match-fixing attempt.


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