Marotta denies Buffon conspiracy
Beppe Marotta has dismissed suggestions Gianluigi Buffon dropped out of Italy's clash with Denmark to preserve himself for Serie A games.
The Juventus goalkeeper pulled out of Italy's latest World Cup qualifier, citing a thigh problem, which led to claims he did so in order to be in peak condition for the vital clash against Napoli.
But Juve general director Marotta has leapt to the defence of the 34-year-old and dismissed the theories as nonsense.
"There is nothing to say on Buffon," he told reporters.
"He is the captain of Juventus and the captain of Italy. The allegations made are unfounded.
"He didn't play against Denmark because he thought he wasn't ready. Ours is a nation of conspiracy. Everything needs to be taken back to sport.
"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."
Another Juve player who may miss Saturday's clash with Napoli is midfielder Claudio Marchisio after the Italian international suffered a shoulder injury in the 3-1 win over Denmark.