Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Soccer: Conte rails against match-fixing ban

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(ANSA) - Rome, August 23 - Juventus's suspended coach Antonio
Conte on Thursday railed against a 10-month match-fixing ban set
to keep him off the bench during the Serie A champ's defence of
their title.
"This is an absurd affair, and I have always been correct on
and off the field," the 48-year-old told a news conference
Thursday, a day after a soccer appeals court upheld the ban for
failing to report one instance of match-fixing.
Conte suggested the Italian Soccer Federation prosecutor who
pursued the charges, Stefano Palazzi, "has something against me
personally" after Palazzi told the press he was sure of his
case.
"He said unfair things, perhaps as a fan (of another club),"
Conte claimed.
The coach, who has been replaced by ex-Juve defender Massimo
Carrera, said prosecutors had singled him out because of his
prominent position in Italian soccer "to try to make me an
advert against match fixing".
"I have never bet in my life. It's a disgrace," Conte said.
In the case, players were found to have bet with Far East
syndicates on matches they rigged.
Conte, who is appealing to the Italian Olympic Committee,
has the full support of his club which said he was the victim of
a "witch hunt" after the appeals verdict.
Juve start their title defence against Parma on Saturday.

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