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Insults aimed at the video assistant referee have resulted in a two-week ban for Juventus sports director Fabio Paratici.

The Serie A judge also fined Paratici £18,000 (€20,000) for ‘severely offensive and insulting expressions’ aimed at the VAR while exiting the field after a 2-2 draw at Atalanta on Sunday.

Mario Mandzukic thought he had extended Juventus’ lead in the second half but his goal was ruled out on video review following a foul by Stephan Lichtsteiner on Alejandro Gomez in the build up.

The match resulted in Juventus dropping their first points of the season.

AC Milan director Massimiliano Mirabelli has insisted manager Vincenzo Montella has the full backing of the club despite a second consecutive Serie A defeat.

Goals from Edin Dzeko and Alessandro Florenzi saw Montella’s new-look Rossoneri drop more points against Roma at the San Siro on Sunday.

The pressure has mounted on Montella, whose team sit seventh in the league, as former boss Carlo Ancelotti continues to be linked with a return.

Ancelotti, who won two Champions Leagues and a Serie A title during his eight year reign at Milan, was sacked by Bayern Munich on Thursday after a damning defeat by PSG capped off a poor start to the season.

Juventus’ coach Antonio Conte celebrates with the trophy during the ceremony of the Scudetto, the Italian Serie A trophy after the Italian Serie A football match between Juventus and Cagliari at the “Juventus Stadium” in Turin on May 11, 2013. Juventus cemented a 29th title triumph a week before after another near flawless campaign, but for coach Antonio Conte hoisting the club back among the giants of European football will continue to be hampered by a cash-strapped Serie A. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE,GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

Inter Milan have expressed their interest in signing Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, but admit their hopes of landing the German in January are slim.

The 28-year-old is out of contract next summer and will be free to talk to foreign clubs from January 1, if he does not agree a new deal with the Gunners before then.

Inter president Erick Thohir, who last week hinted at making a move for Ozil, does not think the midfielder will leave the Emirates during the winter transfer window and revealed the club’s priority is strengthening their defence with a centre-half.

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has been banned for a year for his role in the sale of match tickets to mafia-linked supporters’ groups.

The 41-year-old was also fined 20,000 euros, while Juventus must pay 300,000 euros and three other club officials were banned.

Agnelli was accused of helping to sell tickets, later resold at a huge profit, to ‘ultras’ fans, some with alleged links to organised crime.

He and the club plan to appeal.

Prosecutor Giuseppe Pecoraro had requested a 30-month suspension and 50,000 euro fine for Agnelli at the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) hearing.

The 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage draw has been made and all three Italian clubs, Juventus, Roma and Napoli, are in difficult groups.

Juventus face Barcelona and Sporting, while Roma have Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, and Napoli will meet Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City and Feyenoord in the Champions League.

Juve were top seeds, having won the Scudetto six times in a row and reached two of the last three Champions League Finals.

The Turin giants will begin this season’s tournament up against Barcelona, who they dispatched 3-0 on aggregate in last season’s quarter-final.

With a three-goal burst in the space of five minutes, Napoli showed why many believe they have the potential to win their first Serie A title in nearly three decades.

Overturning an early deficit, Kalidou Koulibaly, Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens scored early in the second half of a 4-1 win over Lazio on Wednesday to extend Napoli’s perfect record.

While six-time defending champions Juventus also remained perfect with an unimpressive 1-0 win over 10-man Fiorentina, Napoli top the table on goal difference.

Ciro Immobile set up Stefan de Vrij for Lazio’s opener as Napoli appeared in difficulty at the Stadio Olimpico.

An uninspired Inter continued their unbeaten start to the season as a Mauro Icardi’s penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw at Bologna. The point sends Inter top of the table, at least until Wednesday’s round of fixtures.

Inter were dreadful in the first half and deservedly went ahead through a stunning strike by Simone Verdi, but a much better second half performance allowed the Nerazzurri to salvage a point.

With Bologna on the back foot after Inter’s second-half resurgence, Ibrahima Mbaye slipped in the hosts’ area and fell into Eder, who flopped to the floor.

Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti says it is impossible to stop Mauro Icardi in the penalty area, although the Nerazzurri coach told his captain he still has room to improve.

Like title rivals Napoli and Juventus, Inter have won all four of their opening Serie A games this season going into Tuesday’s away clash with Bologna.

Icardi has netted five times already, following on from last season, when he scored 24 times in the top flight.

Spalletti acknowledged Inter need their stars like Icardi, fellow forward Ivan Perisic and goalkeeper Samir
Handanovic, but insisted it is overall team performances that can make them successful, while urging the skipper to kick on.

Leonardo Bonucci’s decision to leave six-time reigning Serie A champions Juventus for rivals AC Milan was not due to a falling out with head coach Massimiliano Allegri, according to his wife.

Bonucci sensationally left Juve in the off-season, the Italy international centre-back joining Milan in a €42 million deal.

The 30-year-old’s departure from Turin, shortly after Juve lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, sparked speculation of a row with Allegri. Those claims, however, were dismissed by Bonucci’s wife, Martina Maccari.

“His decision wasn’t due to an argument with Max Allegri,” Maccari told Rai Radio 1.