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Antonio Conte banned over match-fixing knowledge

10/8/2012
Juventus manager Antonio Conte has been banned from football for 10 months following an Italian match-fixing investigation.

The 43-year-old former midfielder is accused of failing to report alleged match-fixing at his previous club Sienna during the 2010/11 season.

Charges of actual involvement in match-fixing against Conte were dismissed last month but the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has decided that the Italian knew the practice was ongoing during his spell with Sienna.

Conte, who led Juve to the Serie A title last season, sae a plea bargain proposal rejected by the FIGC earlier this month and is now likely to appeal the ban.

His assistant at both Sienna and Juventus, Angelo Alessio, has also been banned, with Juventus pledging their full support for the pair.

A club statement said: "A group of legal professionals have been appointed by the individuals concerned and, with the full support of the club, is already working to prepare grounds for an appeal."
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