Antonio Conte has reportedly told his Juventus squad that he expects his substituted players to take a seat on the bench once they are replaced.
According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, the tactician reminded his squad of such rules following Andrea Pirlo’s actions at the weekend.
The Italian international opted to head directly to the changing rooms after being replaced by Claudio Marchisio in the 66th minute of the win against Verona.
“I will tell Andrea that when he leaves the field after being substituted, he must remain on the bench and wait for his teammates,” Conte said on Sunday.
“The good thing is that he has rested for 25 minutes and will be ready for Chievo Verona.”
The former Milan player was also taken off by Conte in the 1-1 draw at Inter, although that change came in the 86th minute.
Pirlo, 34, will be out of contract at the end of the season.
During a Press conference on Tuesday, Conte confirmed his new expectations.
“No explanation is needed for the simple fact that Andrea did nothing wrong,” Conte stated.
“But now we have established a rule – when a player leaves the pitch, unless it is for medical treatment, they should watch for the end of the game with their teammates.
“For those who don't respect the rule, there will be a heavy fine and a month out of the squad," he added. “Is that easy? It's very easy.”
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