Wednesday August 1 2012
Betting trial begins with Conte plea

The trial into the betting scandal begins today with Antonio Conte preparing a plea bargain and Leonardo Bonucci eager to push for lesser charges.

Juventus Coach Conte was accused of failing to report an attempted fix to the authorities while he was at the helm of Siena in the 2010-11 season.

Although he has always denied the charge, Conte is reportedly ready to accept a plea bargain today that will ban him for three months plus a €200,000 fine rather than risking a year on the sidelines.

It would mean tonight’s friendly against Benfica would be his last on the Bianconeri bench until November 1.

However, the rules of the ban apply only to the bench, locker room and interview area on match day.

Conte would still be able to train the team on a day-to-day basis and give talks before the squad actually get to the stadium in both Serie A and European competition.

Juve defender Bonucci has been charged with sporting fraud, a much more serious accusation, as he risks up to a three-year suspension.

It is reported the Italian international, who is under fire due to his time at Bari in 2010-11, is eager to negotiate a plea bargain for the lesser charge of failing to alert authorities.

Bonucci’s situation revolves around the testimony of former Bari teammate Andrea Masiello, who alleges he asked Bonucci to ‘throw’ the Udinese-Bari game and was immediately turned down.