In the world of sport a few months can be a lifetimes and to prove that theory Juventus coach Antonio Conte won the Serie A title last season is now banned for 10 months. It was his first season in charge with Juventus and he managed not to lose a single game. However fast forward a few months and he is now banned for failing to report mach-fixing which was with his former club Siena in the 2012-2011 season.
Conte had put in for a plea bargain to the Italian Federation which would mean a 3 month ban and 200,000 euro fine but this was rejected. The federation has come down hard and served him with a 10 month ban despite Conte saying he was “strongly determined to prove his total innocence” when questioned in May.
That match in question was in the serie B between Siena and Novara and both clubs have been kicked out of Serie B for the coming season and their presidents have also been banned for 5 years. A host of names were held by police including Lazio captain Stefano Mauri as well as police questioning Italian left back Domenico Criccito at the Italian pre Euro 2012 training camp.
High profile players to have been banned in the ‘Calcioscommesse’ scandal are Italy midfielder Cristiano Doni (3 ½ years) as well as former Lazio and Italian striker Giuseppe Signori (5 years).
Former Atalanta captain and Italy midfielder Cristiano Doni was banned for three-and-a-half years in August 2011 for his part in the involving Serie B matches.
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