Incoming Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has been cleared of match-fixing on Monday, May 16, 2016 after a fast-track trial in Cremona.
The prosecutor, Roberto Di Martino, had requested a suspended six-month sentence for the future Chelsea manager as well as a fine of 8,000 euros ($9,000). Conte was accused of sports fraud in 2010-11 when he was coach of Siena. The match under investigation is Siena’s 1-0 win at Albinoleffe in May 2011. Siena’s 2-2 draw at Novara, also in May 2011, was dropped from the inquiry. The 46-year-old Conte, who has denied wrongdoing, served a four-month ban during the 2012-13 season when he was at Juventus for failing to report fixing at Siena. Conte had asked for an expedited trial in order to have a decision before the start of next month’s European Championship.
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“I learn with great joy of the acquittal of Antonio Conte by the Cremona court today,” Italian soccer federation president Carlo Tavecchio said. “Finally his position has been clarified. My faith in him has never been in question. Now we are all even more focused on the Euros.” Conte’s lawyer, Leonardo Cammarata said “It was the result we were expecting,” “These have been years of tension, also of disappointment, but now the truth has been established.”