- Associated Press - Monday, May 12, 2014

ROME (AP) - Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has been banned for three Serie A matches for elbowing an opposing player, putting his status for Italy’s World Cup squad at risk.

The Serie A judge issued the verdict Monday using TV replays to examine Chiellini’s contact with Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic in Juve’s 1-0 win Sunday.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has a strict code of ethics that usually prevents players banned with their clubs from being called up to the national team.

Prandelli is due to announce his 30-man preliminary squad for the World Cup on Tuesday, with the final 23-man squad due June 2.

Chiellini is a key member of Italy’s defense and has made 67 appearances and scored four goals.

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