Match-fixing trial won’t stop Antonio Conte managing Chelsea next season
Chelsea’s appointment of Antonio Conte as their new manager appeared a little risky given that the Italy coach has a match-fixing trial hanging over his head.
And the early announcement that Conte would be joining the club this summer might have seemed over-confident on that basis. But it has now become clear why the Blues had no qualms about publicly throwing their lot in with the former Juventus coach.
The Guardian reports that the prosecutor in the match-fixing trial, Roberto di Martino, has confirmed he will seek a six-month suspended jail sentence and an €8,000 fine if the 46-year-old is found guilty.
Conte is one of a number of defendants in proceedings relating to his time in charge of Siena in 2011. He denies claims that he was aware of an attempt to fix the outcome of an end-of-season Serie B game time against AlbinoLeffe but did not report them to the authorities.
He maintains his innocence, despite having already served a four-month ban, reduced from an initial 10 months, imposed by the Italian Football Federation in 2012 in relation to the same incident.
But even if he is found guilty, the punishment being sought by Di Martino would not impact upon Conte’s job at Chelsea.