Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Cremona Case Hangs Over Chelsea Conte

Antonio Conte
Prosecutors involved in Antonio Conte's match-fixing case in Cremona have called for the Italy boss to be hit with a six-month prison sentence.

The news casts something of a shadow over Monday's rather more positive announcement regarding the 46-year-old, after it was confirmed that he will take over at Chelsea next season.

However, Conte is currently embroiled in an ongoing case regarding his failure to report an attempt from Siena players to allegedly fix a match against Albino Leffe in May 2011 during his time in charge there in 2011. 

Although he denies any wrongdoing Cremona prosecutor Roberto Di Martino has asked for a six-month suspended prison sentence as well as for Conte to be fined €8,000.

A ruling in the case is not expected to arrive until mid-May, when Conte's attentions will be turning towards Euro 2016 with Italy.The investigation had originally also included another game involving Siena from May 2011 against Novara, which ended in a 2-2 draw, but that has since been removed from the inquiry.

At Chelsea Conte will earn £6.5million per season at Chelsea after signing a three-year contract but he will be only the fifth best paid boss in the Barclays Premier League.

Jose Mourinho was on £13.2m while at Chelsea and Pep Guardiola will earn £15m per year when he joins Manchester City.

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