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Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012

Juventus coach faces 15-month ban


ROME — Juventus coach Antonio Conte is facing a 15-month ban after being denied a plea bargain for his involvement in an Italian match-fixing scandal.

Conte's offer of a three-month ban was rejected by an Italian soccer federation (FIGC) tribunal on Wednesday, and he was told on Thursday that the court will not accept any plea bargain.

Conte, who led Juventus to the Serie A title last season, is accused of failing to report match-fixing in two games during the 2010-11 season when he was coach of then-Serie B team Siena.

Prosecutor Stefano Palazzi is asking for a 15-month ban for the Juve coach.

"I see that the FIGC and its justice system continue to operate outside of any logic," Juventus president Andrea Agnelli said in a statement immediately afterwards. "The various sentences show enormous contradictions . . . this can't be accepted."

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