Conte, Bonucci banned for two matches

Valerio Pennicino

Juventus manager Antonio Conte and defender Leonardo Bonucci have been banned for two Serie A matches. The two confronted the referee after the match against Genoa on Saturday.

In the dying minutes of the 1-1 draw between Juventus and Genoa on Saturday, Andreas Granqvist, desperately attempting to clear the ball, slid, kicking the ball into his hand. Referee Marco Guida refused to point to the spot, even after consultation with the other officials. When the final whistle blew moments later, the bianconeri surrounded Guida, gesticulating wildly and making their displeasure known.

But Italian referees are advised that, when a ball ricochets off the body and into the hand or arm, a penalty should not be given. Antonio Conte and Leonardo Bonucci, caught up in the heat of the moment, disregarded this rule and took their anger out on the referee. In consequence, they've both been awarded a two-match ban. Giorgio Chiellini, injured but still able to make his way to the pitch, received a one-match ban.

In addition, Beppe Marotta, director general for Juventus, serves a stadium ban until February 18. The club have been fined €50,000.

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