Good news for Chelsea and the Italian national team as Antonio Conte has bene found not guilty in the Calcioscommesse match-fixing trial has found Italy coach, absolving him of any blame or involvement.
Charges related to the alleged fixing of a game between his Siena side and AlbinoLeffe in 2011, which it was claimed he had knowledge of but failed to report to the authorities.
Gazzetta World report that the prosecution team in Cremona had called for Conte to be handed a suspended six-month prison sentence and an 8,000 fine for his involvement in the entire affair.
However, judge Pierpaolo Beluzzi has acquitted the man who will take over as coach of English side Chelsea after this summer’s European Championship.
Conte has always protested his innocence in relation to the accusations made against him regarding that Serie B clash which took place in May five years ago.Back in 2012, Conte did serve a four-month suspension after failing to report his assistant Cristian Stellini’s involvement in potential match-fixing, while at Siena.
Conte on Monday evening marked the end of a “nightmare period” in his life by publishing a statement on his official Facebook page.
“Four years ago, a search of my house at 5 a.m. ushered in a nightmare period that at times I felt would go on forever,” wrote the Lecce-born tactician.
“Those who stood by me, and who know me best, know how much I have struggled with the idea that my name might be associated with the shameful world of match-fixing.
“Today finally draws a line under this ugly story. I thank my family and the many people who never believed even for a moment the words which presented a false image of my lifestyle.
“As I have already said to those who were trying to judge me, I am a sportsman and I know no other way to achieve success than through sacrifice and total dedication.
“It was a terrible experience and I have faced it head on. This is demonstrated by the fact that I decided to take part in the process, as I have always done in life, rather than looking for loopholes.
“To all those who never doubted my honesty, I want to express my gratitude, and reassure them that I have emerged from this testing time as a stronger and more highly motivated person.”