Prandelli defends banned Chiellini

The Italy coach's previous decisions on Daniele De Rossi and Mario Balotelli have raised questions over whether the Juventus defender will be selected in Brazil

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has indicated Giorgio Chiellini will be in his World Cup squad, despite picking up a ban for violent conduct.

Juventus defender Chiellini was slapped with a retrospective three-match ban after elbowing Miralem Pjanic in Sunday's 1-0 win over Roma.

The suspension rules the defender out of Juve's remaining Serie A fixture against Cagliari on Sunday - as well as their first two of next season.

The punishment raised doubts over the 29-year-old's involvement in Brazil, with Prandelli having previously dropped the likes of Daniele De Rossi and Mario Balotelli from his international squads due to disciplinary issues at club level.

However, the former Fiorentina boss does not believe Chiellini's actions were undertaken with violent intentions, a stance that suggests the Juve man will be named in the 30-man provisional squad on Tuesday.

Prandelli told Ansa: "I have looked again and again at what Chiellini did. For me, it is not a violent act.

"Do I expect criticism for my decision? My code of ethics has been controversial for four years!"