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10-month match-fixing ban upheld for Juventus coach

Published on Aug 22, 2012 5:16 PM
Juventus coach Antonio Conte, (left), arrives on Aug 20, 2012 for his appeal hearing before the disciplinary commission of the Italian Football League at the Federal Court of Justice in Rome. Conte was on Aug 10 banned for 10 months by a disciplinary commission investigating the "Calcioscommesse" match-fixing scandal. -- PHOTO: AFP

ROME (AFP) - Italy's football federation upheld a 10-month ban for Juventus coach Antonio Conte on Wednesday for failing to report suspicions of match-fixing at a previous club, Italian media reported.

The Serie A club trainer is one of the most high-profile figures caught up in a sweeping investigation that has shaken the Italian football world.

He was found guilty of not informing the authorities of possible corruption in two matches involving his former club Siena during the 2010-11 season. Conte has one more chance to appeal against the ban, which comes just as the new football season is set to get under way this weekend. Juventus, the defending Serie A champions, open with a home game against Parma on Sunday.

The so-called "calcioscommesse" illegal betting scandal - which concerns mainly second division clubs - has led to a wave of arrests across Italy and even saw searches at the Italian national squad's hotel before Euro 2012.

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