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  • Higuain handed two-match ban for Juventu...

    Gonzalo Higuain has been handed a two-match ban after an on-pitch meltdown following his dismissal in AC Milan's 2-0 defeat to his parent club Juventus on Sunday. Higuain endured a nightmare showing against Juve, missing a penalty before receiving his marching orders in the seco...

    Higuain handed two-match ban for Juventus meltdown

    Gonzalo Higuain has been handed a two-match ban after an on-pitch meltdown following his dismissal in AC Milan's 2-0 defeat to his parent club Juventus on Sunday. Higuain endured a nightmare showing against Juve, missing a penalty before receiving his marching orders in the second half. The Argentina international had to be led off the pitch by team-mates after he reacted furiously to referee Paolo Mazzoleni's decision to show him a straight red card. Higuain was initially booked for dissent but was dismissed for persisting with his complaints to the official. Lega Serie A on Tuesday announced the 30-year-old would be forced to sit out two matches. The 30-year-old apologised to fans for the incident, but claimed that his emotions got the better of him during the game. "It seemed an unfair foul, I was fouled as far as I'm concerned. I was cautioned but I did not insult anyone," he told Milan TV. "I apologised to the club, the fans, the coach and my companions because these episodes must be avoided. "We are human, we feel emotions, the game was not going the right way and it was one of those days." Higuain's former Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo also came out in his defence after the match, explaining how he intervened in order to calm down the situation. "I told him to calm down, as he risked an even worse ban," Ronaldo said to Sky Sport Italia. "He didn't do much, he was annoyed at losing the game. That's understandable. I hope he is not punished too severely." The two-game ban means Higuain will miss the the trip to Lazio on November 25 and the visit of Parma a week later.

  • Verratti 'not thinking about' leaving PS...

    Marco Verratti is “not thinking about” leaving Paris Saint-Germain despite sparking ongoing talk of interest from the likes of Juventus and Barcelona. The 26-year-old has emerged as one of the most sought-after midfielders in world football after making a move to France in 2012....

    Verratti 'not thinking about' leaving PSG amid Juventus & Barcelona links

    Marco Verratti is “not thinking about” leaving Paris Saint-Germain despite sparking ongoing talk of interest from the likes of Juventus and Barcelona. The 26-year-old has emerged as one of the most sought-after midfielders in world football after making a move to France in 2012. He has helped to turn PSG in a dominant domestic force and a major player on the European scene. A return to Italy has been mooted on a regular basis for the Azzurri international, while La Liga giants Barcelona have been long-standing admirers of his destructive talents. Verratti is, however, settled in Ligue 1 and giving no thought to a big-money transfer, telling reporters while away with his country: “I’m not thinking about changing. “I don’t care what the press or a journalist says, whether it’s negative or positive. I play for a club, they trust me, and they always show me that. “I’ve been there for seven years and I’ve never had a problem with the coach, especially in a team which can make big signings every year. “Since Ibra [Zlatan Ibrahimovic] left I’ve been responsible for more things, I want to keep going and win something important. “It’s been a difficult week. I messed up [having been caught drink-driving], and you can’t do these things when you represent a big club. “I apologised and we’ll look forward.” Having established a reputation as one of Europe’s top talents on his day, Verratti has learned to accept that any dip in form will be scrutinised in minute detail. That has been the case for club and country over recent seasons, but he is now well adjusted to turning a deaf ear to any detractors. “It's always like this, when I play well I'm worthy of the Azzurri, when I play less well there are criticisms,” he added. “At a club you can show what you can do every day, here it’s a bit different. With Italy you live it a month or a month-and-a-half at a time, so it’s difficult. “Everyone expects a lot from me, but that just means they consider me an important player. My job is to give everything in the middle of the park.” Roberto Mancini’s Italy squad are currently preparing for a Nations League clash with Portugal and a friendly date with the United States.

  • Italy's deputy PM 'ashamed' of Higuain a...

    Gonzalo Higuain should be handed a lengthy ban after his red card during Milan's clash with Juventus, according to Italy's Deputy Prime Minister, who says he is "ashamed" of the striker. Argentina international Higuain was sent off against his parent club in Sunday's game at San...

    Italy's deputy PM 'ashamed' of Higuain after Milan red card

    Gonzalo Higuain should be handed a lengthy ban after his red card during Milan's clash with Juventus, according to Italy's Deputy Prime Minister, who says he is "ashamed" of the striker. Argentina international Higuain was sent off against his parent club in Sunday's game at San Siro following two bookable offences, having also missed a penalty. After receiving a yellow card for a foul on Medhi Benatia, Higuain screamed in the official's face, losing his temper and earning himself a sending off. While Juve star Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored in his side's 2-0 win over Milan,  has called for leniency , the Italian Deputy PM has done no such thing. Speaking at a press conference, Matteo Salvini, a Milan fan, said: "Football is the country’s mirror. “I was at San Siro on Sunday and I was ashamed by the conduct of the Milan striker. “Despite it going against my interests as a fan, I hope he’s given a long ban.” Higuain has apologised for his conduct on the pitch, insisting that he did not insult anyone during his meltdown. "It seemed an unfair foul, I was fouled as far as I'm concerned. I was cautioned but I did not insult anyone," he told Milan TV. "I apologised to the club, the fans, the coach and my companions because these episodes must be avoided. "We are human, we feel emotions, the game was not going the right way and it was one of those days." Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso, no stranger to controversy himself, believes Higuain's actions came about as a result of the pressure he is feeling. "At this moment he feels a lot of pressure, my words from yesterday's press conference were not by chance," he told Milan TV after his side's loss to Juve. "Right now, he feels a huge weight on him and it shows. He must remain calm, he should apologise and assume his responsibilities. "He has to put aside his nervousness, he is our most important player we have and he has to make the difference. He has to be clear headed." Milan are currently sixth in Serie A, 13 points behind leaders Juve.

  • Allegri targets long Juventus stay after...

    Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri has revealed that he wants to stay at the club "for a long time" after winning his second consecutive Italian manager of the year award. The 51-year-old, who guided Juve to a seventh straight Serie A title and 13th Coppa Italia triumph la...

    Allegri targets long Juventus stay after being named Italian Manager of the Year

    Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri has revealed that he wants to stay at the club "for a long time" after winning his second consecutive Italian manager of the year award. The 51-year-old, who guided Juve to a seventh straight Serie A title and 13th Coppa Italia triumph last season, beat off competition from Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri and Lazio's Simone Inzaghi for the Panchina d'Oro. Allegri has picked up where he left off so far this campaign with a 2-0 win over Milan on Sunday maintaining their six-point lead at the Serie A summit. They are well placed to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages, despite last week's 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United, and Allegri admits he is targeting European success in what he hopes is a prolonged spell in Turin. "I thank my staff, who take so much pressure off me and let me grow older more slowly," he said upon collecting his award. "I hope to stay here for a long time. "Now I'm more reflective. My years of experience in Serie A have let me grow. "The objective is to win our eighth Scudetto and then the Champions League. "We'll see if we have a bit of luck on our side. The level has risen, so we must have the quality to match. "For the Scudetto, however, our attentions are on Napoli and Inter." Allegri had raised some questions about his future at Juve after revealing an experience coaching abroad would be "nice" following his side's victory over Milan. The former Sassuolo, Cagliari and Milan boss is yet to coach outside of Italy with Juventus being the seventh side he has managed in his homeland. However, it appears Allegri is happy in Turin as they look to win more honours under his stewardship this season.

  • 'An experience abroad would be nice' - A...

    Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has revealed that he would be open to leaving the club in the future, while still reeling from losing against Manchester United in Europe. The Bianconeri succumbed to a shock 2-1 defeat at the Allianz Stadium last Wednesday in the Champions ...

    'An experience abroad would be nice' - Allegri hints at Juventus exit

    Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has revealed that he would be open to leaving the club in the future, while still reeling from losing against Manchester United in Europe. The Bianconeri succumbed to a shock 2-1 defeat at the Allianz Stadium last Wednesday in the Champions League, conceding two late goals which ruined their unbeaten start to the season. Allegri's men bounced back instantly with a 2-0 away win against arch-rivals AC Milan on Sunday, but the 51-year-old boss is still baffled by the result against United. "It was not easy after a daring defeat like the one against Manchester United," he told Sports Mediaset after winning the Golden Bench award for the 2017-18 season. "We were a bit stunned because it was from April that we did not lose a match, but the boys played a serious match, both from the defensive and offensive point of view." The Juve boss then responded to questions surrounding his future, confessing that a move abroad someday does appeal to him. "My future? Surely an experience abroad would be nice,`' Allegri continued. "But I am fine at Juventus. I am at a big team, a solid club that works for the future. We share everything and I hope to stay here for a long time." Juve are top of Serie A by six points after 12 matches, having won all but one of their fixtures so far. They are also still top of Group H in the Champions League despite the loss against United and look well positioned to challenge for three major trophies over the next few months. However, speculation linking Allegri with Jose Mourinho's job at Old Trafford has been rife in recent times, and his latest comments could add fuel to the fire of those rumours, particularly as the Portuguese coach's job continues to hang by a thread in England. Next up for Juventus after the international break is a home fixture against SPAL on November 24, before a return to European duties against Valencia three days later.  

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