Juventus defender Bonucci relieved betting trial now over

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci is relieved his betting trial is over.

Bonucci risked a lengthy ban in the betting trial due to his time at Bari, but was cleared of sporting fraud on Friday when the testimony of Andrea Masiello was considered to be untrustworthy.

“It has been a very dramatic time for me. It all went well, both on the field and off it,” he said after Saturday’s 4-2 extra time win over Napoli in Beijing.

“I went from being cleared to starting the Super Cup game and winning it. This must surely be just the start of a long and tiring season.

“The most difficult thing was facing up to an obsolete sporting justice system. I never thought it would end badly, because I knew I was innocent.

“My conscience was clear and I always worked hard, thinking about the Super Cup we had to win. And we did it.”

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