10th of August 2012 Author: Glo Wood
Juventus coach Antonio Conte has been banned for 10 months after an investigation led by the Italian prosecutors into a vast match-fixing scheme. Last year Conte led the club to the Serie A title in his first season in charge without losing a single game during the whole season. He was accused of failing to report alleged match-fixing involving former club Siena in the 2010-11 season.
Antonio Conte has spent 13 years as a player at Juventus from 1991, making more than 400 league appearances. He won five league titles and a European Cup as a player, while winning 35 caps for Italy.
Conte is set to appeal the decision and Juventus said that the club will give full support to the manager. Charges against Conte of direct involvement in match-fixing were dismissed last month, but the Italian Football Federation said it was satisfied Conte was aware of what was going on during his time with Siena.
Conte had put forward a proposal which would have seen him serve a three-month suspension and pay a fine of 200,000 euros but the Federation dismissed the plea bargain.
Police had previously said Conte was being investigated on suspicion of sporting fraud and fraudulent association over allegations concerning a match between his Serie B side Siena and Novara in April 2011. Former Lecce president Giovanni Semeraro and ex-Grosseto president Piero Camilli are also facing suspensions.
"Juventus reiterates its full support for Antonio Conte and Angelo Alessio in the hope the next stage of the process will finally prove their innocence," read a Juventus statement. "A group of legal professionals have been appointed by the individuals concerned and, with the full support of the club, is already working to prepare grounds for an appeal."
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