Saturday July 28 2012
Conte to accept plea bargain?

There are reports Antonio Conte could accept a plea bargain in the betting scandal, suspending the Juventus Coach for four months.

The tactician has been charged with failing to report an attempt at sporting fraud while he was at Siena – essentially knowing about an attempted fix without alerting the authorities.

Conte firmly denies this and it is a step down from the previous accusation of committing sporting fraud, which was found to be without evidence.

According to the Italian media, Juve lawyers have convinced Conte his best course of action is to accept a plea bargain.

This would be an admission of guilt – although he denies the charges – and get the matter over with quickly.

It would also represent a ban of only three to four months rather than the potential six months to a year if found guilty in a sporting trial.

His assistant manager Angelo Alessio is also charged, so Juventus would have to look elsewhere for a temporary Coach.

The most likely options are Massimo Carrera and Marco Baroni, who both work within the Bianconeri youth academy.

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