Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Soccer: Abete says FIGC didn't single out Conte


(ANSA) - Florence, August 24 - Italian Soccer Federation
(FIGC) chief Giancarlo Abete on Friday denied Juventus claims
the FIGC had conducted a "witch hunt" in banning coach Antonio
Conte for 10 months for neglecting to report a match-fixing
Abete also rebutted Conte's contention that an FIGC
prosecutor had pursued charges more zealously against him
because he was acting "like a fan (of another team)".
"We haven't come down hard on anyone (in the match-fixing
probe)," Abete told reporters.
"Why would we?", he asked.
"We understand everyone's suffering but any criticism must
be respectful. When I hear talk of prosecutors-cum-supporters,
(I think) it's clear that the majority of people linked to
soccer may have sporting passions but when you're a professional
you are duty-bound to respect that professionalism".
Conte, the highest-profile figure in the match-fixing case,
got one of the longest bans although he was not directly
involved in rigging games or betting on their results with Far
East gambling syndicates.

photo: Conte

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