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Saturday 10 December 2016

Judge acquits Conte amid fixing scandal

Antonio Conte Photo: PA
Antonio Conte Photo: PA

An Italian judge has acquitted Antonio Conte, the future coach of English Premier League club Chelsea, for allegedly doing nothing to halt a 2011 match-fixing scandal while he was in charge of Siena.

Conte, who will coach Italy's national squad during this year's European Championship before taking up his new post at Chelsea, was acquitted because the accusations of sporting fraud were baseless, Judge Pierpaolo Beluzzi said.

The 46-year-old Conte, who has already served a four-month match ban imposed by the Italian soccer federation (FIGC) in connection with the same case, has always denied any wrongdoing.

"It was a full acquittal... What matters is that for him, this story is over," Francesco Arata, one of Conte's lawyers, told reporters after the ruling was read out.

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