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Juventus coach Antonio Conte fails to overturn 10-month match fixing ban

Updated: Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012 16:41 | Comments

Juventus coach Antonio Conte (r) stands next to his lawyer Antonio De Renzis before his appeal hearing before the disciplinary commission
Juventus coach Antonio Conte (r) stands next to his lawyer Antonio De Renzis before his appeal hearing before the disciplinary commission

Juventus coach Antonio Conte has failed in his bid to have a 10-month suspension from football overturned.

The 43-year-old was handed the lengthy ban by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) for allegedly failing to report two incidents of match-fixing during his time in charge of Siena.

But despite appealing the verdict in person at the Federal Court of Justice on Monday, the 43-year-old has been denied the chance to return to coaching Juve for Saturday's opening Serie A game against Parma.

An FIGC statement read: "The Federal Court of Justice can confirm the 10-month disqualification for Antonio Conte."

Conte's implication in the Calcioscommesse scandal involved two Serie B matches that took place in the 2010-11 season.

The statement continued: "It was decided to acquit Conte for his role in the Novara-Siena game, but the 10-month disqualification stands as a disciplinary commission sanction concerning Albinoleffe-Siena."

Juventus President Andrea Agnelli said the ruling confirmed the club's "worst suspicions" about Italy's football justice system claiming it "seems more and more like a witch-hunt".

The FIGC's prosecutor also lost an appeal against the decision to acquit Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci and winger Simone Pepe over an alleged attempt to fix a match between Bari and Udinese in 2010.

The FIGC's prosecutor had wanted a three-and-a-half year ban for Italy's Bonucci, who was playing for Bari at the time, and one-year ban for Pepe, who was with Udinese.

The Serie A season starts this weekend. Juve have said they will stick by Conte with a second appeal set to be launched and heard in September.

Conte's assistant Massimo Carrera has taken charge of Juve's pre-season friendlies and is poised to stay as temporary boss.

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