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Juventus shocked as Conte plea bargain rejected

Juventus coach Antonio Conte has seen his plea bargain rejected.

Conte, who is charged with failing to report an attempted fix while he was at Siena in 2010-11, had agreed a plea bargain of a three-month ban with €200,000 fine with prosecutor Stefano Palazzi.

However, in a shock move the Disciplinary Commission judging panel rejected the plea bargain. It now remains to be seen if he'll renegotiate a new plea or go to a full trial.

Juventus lawyers have reacted angrily and are trying to have the whole trial scrapped.

They have requested that the judges be recused from the case, because by rejecting the plea bargain "you have already made your decisions and you therefore cannot judge in a trial what you have already judged. The Corte Costituzionale in 1992 ruled a judge cannot rule after he rejected an agreed plea bargain."

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