Juventus have defended goalkeeper Gigi Buffon from allegations that he pulled out of Italy’s game to save himself for Serie A.
The custodian missed last night’s 3-1 win over Denmark when he was replaced by Napoli’s Morgan De Sanctis – who the Old Lady will face on Saturday.
“Ours is a nation of conspiracy,” director general Beppe Marotta noted. “Everything needs to be taken back to sport.
“There is nothing to say on Buffon. He is the captain of Juventus and the captain of Italy. The allegations made are unfounded.
“Wearing the blue shirt of Italy is the highest aspiration for all players and Buffon is not the kind of guy to quit at the first problem.
“He didn’t play against Denmark because he thought he wasn’t ready to.”
The goalkeeper is struggling with a thigh problem. Marco Storari is on standby should he not recover in time for this weekend’s Scudetto showdown.