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Tuesday July 31 2012
Conte to accept three-month ban?

Juventus boss Antonio Conte will reportedly accept a three-month ban rather than try to prove his innocence as part of the match-fixing probe.

Conte has been charged with failing to report having knowledge of attempts to allegedly fix two Siena games while he was in charge of the Tuscan outfit.

While the tactician has been cleared of sporting fraud, he will have to face charges that he was aware of the circumstances around the games against Novara and Albinoleffe.

The former midfielder has always maintained his innocence following the accusations made against him by his former player at Siena, Stefano Carobbio.

However, there is a risk that if he tries to clear his name and fails then he could be banned for seven months.

As a result, Conte may opt for a plea bargain that will result in a shorter sentence – a three-month ban and a €200,000 fine.

If that is indeed what occurs, Conte could miss 10 Serie A games and three in the Champions League. He would return to the bench for the Week 11 encounter against Inter.

Conte could be replaced on the bench during his absence by youth team boss Marco Baroni or assistant Massimo Carrera.

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