Juventus boss threatens to ban his players

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Juventus manager Antonio Conte has warned his squad that any substituted player must sit on the bench or face a month long ban, reports Sky Sports.

Conte has said that if a player is substituted from the match - and they are not injured - they must take their place on the team bench.

The new set of rules imposed by the boss comes after Italy star Andrea Pirlo walked straight down the tunnel after being taken off the pitch by Conte against Verona at the weekend.

Although, the 34-year-old midfielder will not face any disciplinary measures despite his actions.

"As far as Pirlo is concerned, there was no need for a clarification because he didn't do anything which was not allowed," Conte said.

"Before it, there had never been the need to have a rule, but from now on there is a rule and it is valid for all players.

"The rule is that when a player leaves the pitch, unless he is injured and is on a stretcher and has to see the doctor, he has to stay on the bench to watch the match with his teammates.

"This rule didn't exist before, but now it exists and it has to be followed by everyone otherwise players will have to pay a fine to the club and will have to remain out of the squad for a month."

Conte has been at the Juventus helm for two-and-a-half years now after joining from Siena and led the club to the Serie A title - in an unbeaten league season - in his first full year in charge.

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