Your Weekly Italian Match-Fixing VerdictsBy: The Offside | August 10th, 2012
Italian teams wearing the jailhouse black and whites just cannot win these days. (Unless you count Juventus’ scudetto of last season. That’s a win of sorts.)
The Calcioscommesse verdicts have been thrown down, with Juve coach Antonio Conte acquiring a ten month ban for his part in no reporting match fixing while he was with Siena, another team which happily sports the stripes.
The national team might consider switching.
Of course it was far more than Conte’s passivity which was punished. A selection:
Antonio Conte has been handed an initial 10-month ban from the Disciplinary Commission, but Leonardo Bonucci and Simone Pepe are acquitted.
Conte is alleged to have known about two attempted match fixes during the 2010-11 season when he was in charge of Siena.
The Commission has also acquitted Udinese, Marco Di Vaio, Salvatore Masiello, Daniele Padelli, Giuseppe Vives and Nicola Belmonte of charges in this case, but Belmonte still faces six months out for charges relating to his alleged involvement in a Cesena-Bari fix.
Elsewhere, Lecce, who were relegated last season on the field in Serie A, have been demoted to the Lega Pro alongside Grosseto. The Salentini will also be given a €30,000 fine and six-point penalty to begin 2012-13 with, and Grosseto a three-point penalty.
Until next week…