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New Chelsea boss Conte could face suspended prison sentence

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Conte facing embarrassing court trial
Conte facing embarrassing court trial

An Italian court has called for incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte to be handed a six-month suspended prison sentence at the start of his trial over match fixing allegations.

Conte is accused of ignoring evidence that attempts were made to fix a Serie B match between the Siena side he was in charge of at the time and their opponents AlbinoLeffe in 2011, but he strongly denies the accusation.

Prosecutor Roberto di Martino outlined his case in court on Tuesday morning and confirmed that he would be seeking a six month suspended prison sentence and an €8,000 fine for the 46-year-old coach.

Conte, who has been confirmed as Chelsea’s next manager on a three-year contract that will start after his commitments as Italy national team coach end following Euro 2016, has already served a four-month ban from football over his role in the incident, but a criminal case is now underway.

Chelsea have offered no public comment on Conte’s ongoing courtroom issues, but are believed to have been assured by the Italian that his involvement in the case has been blown out of proportion by authorities in his homeland.

Conte will take over as Chelsea manager in July and by then, he might have been convicted in of being complicit in covering up match fixing.