Conte in the clear

16 May

Antonio Conte is clear to take charge of Chelsea in the summer after being acquitted of charges pertaining to sporting fraud.


Chelsea: Conte in the clearChelsea: Conte in the clear

The 46-year-old, who will move to Stamford Bridge after leading Italy at the European Championship, had been accused of failing to report his knowledge of an incident of attempted match-fixing during his time as Siena boss in 2011.

Cremona-based prosecutor Roberto Di Martino had asked for Conte to be handed a suspended six-month prison sentence and fined 8,000 euros (£6,300), but the former Juventus coach was on Monday acquitted by judge Pierpaolo Beluzzi during a preliminary hearing.


Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio welcomed the decision, telling Italian newspaper Il Sole: “I am highly satisfied with the court’s acquittal of Antonio Conte.

“Finally his position has been clarified and my confidence in him has never been in question. Now we are all the more focused on the Euros.”

In 2012, Conte, who has always denied any wrongdoing, served a four-month ban imposed by the FIGC in connection with the case, which is known in Italy as ‘Calcioscommesse’.

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