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Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta insists Gianluigi Buffon did not dodge his national team duties in order to concentrate on the Serie A.

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Buffon pulled out of Italy's 3-1 win over Denmark on Tuesday evening and was replaced by Napoli's Morgan De Sanctis. Citing a minor thigh strain for Buffon's unavailability, Marotta denied there was any conspiracy in preventing the goalkeeper from playing for the Azzurri.

"Ours is a nation of conspiracy," said Marotta. "Everything needs to be taken back to sport.

"There is nothing to say on Buffon. He is the captain of Juventus and the captain of Italy. The allegations made are unfounded.

"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. He didn't play against Denmark because he thought he wasn't ready to."

Buffon remains a doubt for Juventus' Serie A clash with Napoli this Saturday.

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