New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte could face suspended sentence for match fixing
In what has proved to be one of football’s worst kept secrets, Chelsea has this week finally confirmed Antonio Conte, the current Italy national team manager, as its next boss. Conte, who is set to take over on a 3-year deal after Euro 2016, replaces Guus Hiddink who has occupied that position on an interim basis since last December after Chelsea lost patience with Jose Mourinho when he failed to overturn an unprecedented run of poor results.
Before the dust could settle, there have been new developments in the match-fixing case facing Conte that will come as bad news to the new Chelsea boss. The prosecution made it clear on Tuesday that it will be going for a six-month jail sentence to be suspended for one year, and a fine of 6,000 pounds. On the positive side, this means that Conte will be free to take Italy to Euro 2016 and later assume his new position at Chelsea. However, the judge’s hands are not tied. Conte could yet receive a stronger sentence if the weight of the evidence necessitates one.
According to Carobbio, a former Siena player who himself served a 22-month ban from football for related charges in the infamous Scommessopoli match-fixing scam that rocked Italian football earlier this decade, Mr. Conte was allegedly complicit in the match-fixing of 2 games when he was in charge of Siena. Conte’s defence team is preparing to make its case next week and will seek to present Carobbio as an unreliable witness.
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