Sunday 23 October 2016

Prosecutors will seek six-month sentence for Antonio Conte in match-fixing case

Mark Critchley

Published 05/04/2016 | 13:42

Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte

The prosecutor in the match-fixing trial of future Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will seek a suspended six-month sentence.

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The current Italy coach, who will assume his duties at Stamford Bridge following this summer’s European Championships in France, is accused of fraud during the 2010/11 season while in charge of Siena.

Conte is accused of being aware of attempts to fix a match between his side and AlbinoLeffe in May 2011 and failing to report the rumours to the relevant authorities.

Siena, who were second-placed in Serie B and had already been promoted, lost 1-0 to their relegation-threatened opponents, in a result which ultimately helped AlbinoLeffe stay in Italy's second-tier.

The 46-year-old coach, who has denied wrongdoing, was previously handed a 10-month ban by the Italian Football Federation in relation to alleged match-fixing while at Siena.

Conte’s suspension was reduced to a period of four months and was served during the 2012/13 season, while in charge of Juventus,

Hearings began in February, with the prosecution’s discussions taking place today. Conte’s defence arguments are set to be heard on 11 April.

The trial is expected to return a result during the first half of May.

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