Juventus have welcomed the news that Leonardo Bonucci and Simone Pepe are acquitted in the betting trial and vow to stand by Antonio Conte and Angelo Alessio.
Coach Conte and his assistant Alessio have been handed 10 and eight-month bans from the dugout respectively for their alleged roles played in the betting scandal whilst at Siena in 2010-11.
Meanwhile, defender Bonucci and midfielder Pepe have been acquitted, with Andrea Masiello’s testimony ruled inconsistent by the Disciplinary Commission. The duo were on opposite teams in Bari’s May 2010 match with Udinese, with Bonucci alleged to have had direct involvement in its attempted fix and Pepe alleged to have had knowledge.
Almost as soon as the verdicts for all four men were announced, Juventus posted a statement on their website offering full support going forward.
“Juventus Football Club, on the ruling issued by the Disciplinary Commission of FIGC, warmly welcomes the acquittal of its players Leonardo Bonucci and Simone Pepe and reiterates its full support for Antonio Conte and Angelo Alessio in the hope that the next degree of judgement can finally allow their innocence to emerge fully.”
That next step in the legal system is an appeal in front of the Federal Court of Justice on August 20, less than a week before the club begin their defence of the Serie A crown.
“Regarding the position technically, a pool of legal aid, composed of professionals appointed by the individuals concerned, in full harmony with the club, is already working to prepare the grounds for appeal, in the belief that the reasons for affirming the strangeness of the facts alleged are unchanged.
“Antonio Conte and Angelo Alessio will be assisted by attorneys Antonio De Rensis and Luigi Chiappero and the additional lawyer Giulia Bongiorno.”