Italian championship winning boss Antonio Conte has seen his appeal against a 10-month ban fail with authorities deciding to extend the scope of the suspension. The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has extended the almost season-long ban to worldwide football as opposed to just Italian and European games. A statement from the FIGC confirmed the 43-year-old’s suspension after the Federal Court of Justice threw out his appeal.
Conte is accused of not reporting fixing in two Serie B games from the 2010-11 season, when he was managing Siena. In relation to the two matches, the statement also read: “It was decided to acquit Conte for his role in the Novara-Siena game, but the 10-month disqualification stands as a disciplinary commission sanction concerning Albinoleffe-Siena.”
There will now be a second appeal put into the Italian Olympic Committee Tribunal by Juventus, on Conte’s behalf, which takes place this month. The FIGC also revealed that his assistant at Siena, Angelo Alessio, will have his ban reduced from eight months to six and a number of acquitted players remained so after the court ruled in their favor.
Down in Serie B, Grosseto, a club that was originally relegated a division, were reinstated to the league whilst Lecce saw their demotion to Lega Pro remain intact. Marco Di Vaio, originally sentenced to a six-month ban, also saw his ban quashed with Daniele Partanova not as lucky with his ban, of the same length, upheld.
Conte’s ban means that Juventus will remain under the control of technical director Massimo Carrera, who takes charge of this week’s game against Parma and beyond.