Juventus Coach Antonio Conte Given 10-Month Ban For His Part In Italian Match-Fixing Scandal

Chris Wright

10th, August 2012

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By Chris Wright

After leading the club to a flawless Serie A victory last season, Juventus coach Antonio Conte has been banned for 10 months after being found guilty of failing to report match-fixing that was going on under his nose at former club Siena (then of Serie B) back in 2010/11. Conte’s assistant coach at Juve and formerly at Siena, Angelo Alessio, has also been banned for eight months,

Conte proposed a plea bargain earlier this month that would’ve seen him serve three-month ban and pay a fine of €200,000, but the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) rejected it as they felt Conte should be punished to the full extent of the law. The FIGC have now confirmed the sanction has been put in place with immediate effect.

The two clubs directly involved, Grosseto and Lecce have both been excluded from Serie B for the 2012/13 season, with both clubs’ former presidents, Piero Camilli and Giovanni Semeraro, banned for five years apiece.

Also accused as part of the Calcioscommese scandal were Juventus players Simone Pepe and Leonardo Bonucci, though both have been acquitted this morning.

Word on the wire is that Juve will look to replace Conte with Italy coach Cesare Prandelli on a short-term contract.

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7 Comments

  1. Maurizio Capatonda says:

    HE’S INNOCENT.
    JUDGES BELONG TO MAFIA.
    ITALY COUNTRY OF SHIT.
    I’M ASHAMED TO BE ITALIAN

  2. adwew says:

    juve will not replace him (andrea agnelli president of juventus keeps repeating this but no1 seems to care) and another thing the ban will probably be reduced to 3-4 months after he appeals……….

  3. Professor Erno Breastpinchd says:

    Do Grosseto and Lecce have a league to play in next season, or are they totally excluded?

  4. Toz says:

    Serie A is an absolute joke.

    Why can’t they just ban Juventus and AC Milan forever more?

  5. Fnarf says:

    I love it. The ultimate sin in football — fixing matches — gets trivial punishment. I’m quite sure his ban will be reduced to forty-five minutes upon appeal. Nobody in Italian football ever pays a proper penalty; gee, I wonder why it keeps happening.

    Here’s an idea: if you get caught fixing matches, you get permanently barred from from football, including sitting in the stands. If you’re the team president or coach, the club is shut down until an entirely new front office is installed.

  6. adwew says:

    @fnarf conte did not fix any matches, he is accused of knowing but not telling (omessa denuncia), and those trials are realy funny, there is absolutley no proff NO FISICAL PROFF, that could be atached to conte there is only the guy that CONFESSED that he did fix matches (he got a 4 MONTH ban) and told the prosecutor that conte knew about it and this is enough to get conte a 10 month ban? more than the culprit himself?
    dont judge if you dont know anything about it………go and read what is actualy happening and then comment

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