Italy national team coach Antonio Conte receives death threats following serious injury to Juventus star

Italy manager Antonio Conte has been receiving death threats after Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio ruptured his knee ligaments whilst on international duty, reports the Guardian.

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A former boss at the Turin based side himself, Conte has been accused of training the players too hard. He has already had one set back as Azzurri manager when clubs refused to release their players for a training camp in February, and reported that the 45-year-old was forced to deny speculation that he was going to resign as a result.

Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio told Radio Rai:”I saw him (Conte) shaken this morning. After yesterday’s controversy, he received death threats on the internet. I met with Conte for a long time and he is not calm. All these things have been said on social networks and he feels vilified for something that is not his fault. The FIGC stands by him.”

The Italians play against Bulgaria on Saturday, and are currently sitting in second in their Euro 2016 qualification group. Croatia are ahead of them on goal difference after winning three and drawing once in their first four matches.

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