Juventus Coach Conte Banned for 10 Months in Match-Fixing Probe
Juventus Football Club (JUVE) SpA’s coach Antonio Conte was suspended for 10 months by Italy’s soccer federation for failing to report a match-fixing incident, the organization said today in an e-mailed statement.
The disciplinary proceedings involve 45 people, including players and coaches for 13 teams, FIGC said. Angelo Alessio, Conte’s deputy, was suspended for eight months. Cristian Stellini, who was Conte’s assistant at Juventus, resigned Aug. 6 “to put all my efforts into clearing my position in these matters,” according to a letter posted on the team’s website.
Juventus, Italy’s Serie A Champion last season, said it’s already preparing an appeal of Conte’s suspension in the “firm belief that the coaches had no involvement in the matter.” The club hasn’t announced who will replace him.
The probe is part of a broader scandal involving match-fixing and illegal betting. The Italian police arrested in May Stefano Mauri, the team captain of SS Lazio SpA, and prosecutors probed Conte as part of an international investigation into match-rigging in the nation’s soccer leagues. Conte was suspended because he “failed to report illicit behavior” regarding the second-division match between Novara and Siena on May 1, 2011, the soccer federation said. Conte was Siena’s coach at the time.
The Turin team, which is controlled by Agnelli family investment company Exor SpA (EXO), will play Napoli tomorrow in Italy’s Super Cup, which pits the winner of Serie A against the Italian Cup champion. Juventus shares fell as much as 2.1 percent in Milan trading and were down 0.8 percent at 19 cents at noon.
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