Juventus coach Conte in court to appeal ban in match-fixing scandal

Juventus coach Antonio Conte has appealed his ten-month ban from football.
Juventus coach Antonio Conte has appealed his ten-month ban from football. Photo: PA

Juventus coach Antonio Conte and his assistant Angelo Alessio have appeared in court to appeal against 10-month suspensions from football.

Conte and Alessio were dealt lengthy bans by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on August 10 for allegedly failing to report two incidents of match-fixing whilst in charge of Siena.

With the backing of Juventus, Conte, 43, and Alessio, 47, immediately appealed their lengthy suspensions, and today the pair appeared in court seeking full acquittals.

It was the testimony of Filippo Carobbio, a Siena player during Conte's tenure at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, that first brought the former Italy international under suspicion.

And today, Conte's legal team, comprising Giulia Bongiorno, Antonio De Rensis and Luigi Chiappero, sought to discredit Carobbio.

Quoted in the Corriere dello Sport, Bongiorno said: "The defensive strategy of Carobbio is clear - to try and avoid a criminal charge of conspiracy to defraud.

"Carobbio accused Conte to deflect attention from his own role in the match-fixing.

"As far as this disciplinary committee is concerned, Carobbio never lies, he is 100% infallible. He is God-like."

De Rensis told La Stampa: "(Conte) is determined and relaxed. It was really hard to convince him to enter a plea bargain but now he is ready to stand up and make his reasons heard."

Stefano Palazzi, one of the FIGC prosecutors who handed Conte and Alessio their suspensions, responded in support of Carobbio, who received a 26-month ban from football for his alleged involvement.

Palazzi told the Corriere dello Sport: "All Carobbio's declarations are supported by the police investigations and the phone contact between the betting world and the footballers involved."

The court will hear appeals from other clubs affected by the 'Calcioscommesse' verdicts tomorrow, including Cremona, Bari, Lecce and Grosseto, the latter pair having been punished with demotion to the Lega Pro.

The results of the various appeals are expected to be announced from Wednesday.

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