Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli does not believe Giorgio Chiellini’s elbow on Roma’s Miralem Pjanic was a violent act.
The Juventus man has today been banned for three Serie A matches by the Giudice Sportivo for the incident but the national boss takes a different view of proceedings.
“I have looked again and again at what Chiellini did,” Prandelli said to Ansa. “For me, it is not a violent act.”
The player is therefore expected to be named in the tactician’s provisional World Cup squad this week, as he will not fall foul of the 56-year-old’s code of ethics.
“Do I expect criticism for my decision? My code of ethics has been controversial for four years!” Prandelli half-joked.
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