Monday 23 April 2018

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte faces six-month match-fixing sentence

New Chelsea coach Antonio Conte missed court date
New Chelsea coach Antonio Conte missed court date

A prosecutor is seeking a suspended six-month match-fixing sentence for current Italy coach and future Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

Prosecutor Roberto Di Martino formalised his request as Conte's fast-track trial began.

Conte is accused of sport fraud in 2010 to 2011 when he was coach of Siena. The match under investigation is Siena's 1-0 win at Albinoleffe in May 2011. Siena's 2-2 draw at Novara, also in May 2011, was dropped from the inquiry.

Conte, who has denied wrongdoing, served a four-month ban during the 2012 to 2013 season - when he was at Juventus - for failing to report fixing at Siena.

Conte, who was named as Chelsea's next manager on Monday, did not attend the hearing. He'll move to Chelsea after this year's European Championship.

A ruling is expected by mid-May.

This would allow Conte to get the trial out of the way before Euro 2016 begins the following month.

Conte's lawyer, Leonardo Cammarata, said there was "nothing surprising" about the prosecutor's request and that the coach's other attorneys would prepare to contest the accusations.

"We're confident in our arguments," Cammarata said.

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