Monday May 28 2012
I’m innocent, says Juve boss Conte

Antonio Conte insists he has done nothing wrong after being placed under investigation for alleged match fixing, while Juventus have fully backed their tactician.

Conte will have to answer questions after police raided his home in Turin this morning as the betting probe gathered pace.

The former midfielder spoke to the media at Vinovo this evening in which he maintained that he did nothing wrong while working as Siena boss last season.

“I have always demonstrated honesty, integrity and loyalty, as well as correctness, both as a player and Coach,” the tactician commented.

“You can ask my ex-teammates, my players and even their opponents, to see who Antonio Conte is.

“I always aim to win matches. I was assaulted with bats and sticks, in front of my two-year-old daughter and my wife, for my integrity. This is Antonio Conte, for those who do not know.

“With Siena we won a remarkable championship with enormous effort. It was a fantastic year and nothing and no one will ruin that season.

“Today I received a note accusing me of criminal conspiracy and my home was searched when I wasn’t even there.

“I’ve read the accusation, but why was I not called up to speak to the Cremona authorities before my home was searched and I became a suspect?

“I’ll have a great holiday.”

Before Conte’s brief statement, Old Lady President Andrea Agnelli spoke to the Press where he insisted that the Coach – who recently extended his contract until 2015 – was not in danger of any punishment.

“The picture that is emerging in the light of the investigation from Cremona is extremely worrying for the world of football,” Agnelli noted.

“We are all following it with apprehension and bitterness. However, I do not think that Antonio Conte is part of this bleak picture.

“The role attributed to him is insignificant. We know what he has achieved this season and I have personally known him for 20 years – I am aware of his human qualities.

“At this stage it is right to respect those who are investigating, but it is also right to respect the people who have been caught up in this.

“There are things that still need to be verified. The club and I are standing by Conte and Leonardo Bonucci. I hope our defender gets through this and is able to have a splendid European Championship.

“I want to make something very clear before any speculation starts. Antonio Conte is and will be our Coach next season when we return to the Champions League.”

Bonucci is also set to be questioned as part of a separate betting match fixing investigation being composed by officials in Bari.

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