The lawyer for Antonio Conte has explained why the Juventus coach has chosen to go to trial in the Italian betting scandal.
Conte is charged with failing to alert authorities to a potential fix while he was at Siena, something he has always denied.
“He was always very consistent, saying he wanted to respect the work of the prosecutors and judges,” lawyer Antonio De Rensis told Sky Sport Italia.
“Despite the difficulties this situation created for Juventus and his family, he is the one who gives us strength. The same level of strength and support comes from President Andrea Agnelli.
“A plea bargain in a sporting trial is an opportunity and I can guarantee it was very hard to convince Conte to accept the three-month ban. When that failed, every other option fell away, because Antonio Conte’s dignity is priceless.
“What irritated him the most? He always put the needs of the team first, even in front of his pride and dignity. What hurt Antonio the most was being painted as someone unfair, which everyone knows is completely opposed to the reality.
“He is a man of great heart and honesty. Those who know him, love him.”