Juventus coach Conte demands full acquittal

Juventus coach Antonio Conte is demanding a full acquittal from his betting appeal.

Juventus coach Antonio Conte is demanding a full acquittal from his betting appeal.

Conte and his assistant Angelo Alessio were handed lengthy bans by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) for allegedly failing to report two incidents of match-fixing while in charge of Siena.

In an interview with the Gazzetta dello Sport, he said: "If I was offered just a three-month ban today, my answer would be no.

"I fully agree with the judges that a 90-day suspension would not be a fair punishment because the right amount of days should be zero. I didn't do anything wrong, or neglect to report what I knew.

"I'm convinced (the judges) will weigh up the evidence and, with due diligence, avoid any injustice. I have a clear conscience, but I cannot say the same about those who threw mud at me.

"My presence in the courtroom was a show of respect. I've taken this process seriously and listened carefully to my lawyers.

"Therefore I'm staying calm and I'm confident that I'll be on the bench for our game against Parma."

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