Juventus Coach Conte Banned For 10 Months In Relation To Match-Fixing
Italian news agency Ansa reported Juventus Head Coach Antonio Conte has been banned for 10 months by a disciplinary commission investigating the "Calcioscommesse" match-fixing scandal, according to the AFP. Conte was accused of "failing to disclose his knowledge of two fixed matches" when he was employed by Serie A Siena FC during the '10-11 campaign. Last week, prosecutors requested Conte and his deputy Angelo Alessio be banned for 15 months. Alessio has been suspended for eight months (AFP, 8/10). The London TELEGRAPH reported Italian sides Lecce and Grosseto have both been "demoted from Serie B following an inquiry into match-fixing." The two clubs were found guilty of the "more serious charge of direct involvement in match-fixing and their punishment reflected that." The two sides have been relegated to Lega Pro ahead of the '12-13 season (TELEGRAPH, 8/10). The AP reported Siena player Emanuele Pesoli was given a thee-year suspension for his involvement in a match-fixing scandal. As part of his protest over the ban, Pesoli has "chained himself to the gate of the Italian Football Federation's headquarters in Rome." His protest began on Saturday and includes a hunger strike (AP, 8/12).