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Wednesday August 22 2012
Conte fails in ban appeal

Juventus boss Antonio Conte’s 10-month touchline ban remains intact after he failed to clear his name in an appeal.

The tactician had been suspended for most of the season after an initial probe by the Italian Football Federation saw him found guilty of failing to report attempts to fix two matches while in charge of Siena.

Conte has always maintained his innocence and his legal team appealed the first sentence on Monday in a bid to have him acquitted – or at least get his punishment reduced.

Although cleared in relation to the Novara-Siena tie, his 10-month stop has been untouched after the charges surrounding the Albinoleffe-Siena encounter were confirmed.

The former Bari and Atalanta boss is now expected to take his case to the Italian Olympic Committee’s TNAS appeal court.

Conte's right-hand man, Angelo Alessio, has meanwhile had his eight-month ban reduced to six.

Conte continues to train the Italian champions, but assistant Massimo Carrera will take charge of the side on match days.

There is better news for Juventus players Simone Pepe and Leonardo Bonucci who have been cleared of any wrongdoing for the second time. Federal prosecutor Stefano Palazzi had appealed the decision to acquit them during the initial hearing.

Marco Di Vaio, who left Bologna this summer for Montreal Impact, has been cleared too. As have Nicola Belmonte and Salvatore Masiello.

Daniele Portanova of Bologna has been banned for six months, while Siena man Emanuele Pesoli’s three-year ban has been confirmed.

Meanwhile, Lecce’s exclusion from Serie B has been confirmed so they will be demoted to the Lega Pro. But Grossetto have won their appeal and will remain in the second tier.

Novara’s appeal against their two-point penalty has seen that deficit cut to one.

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