Monday August 6 2012
Cobolli Gigli: 'Conte plea bargain wrong'

Ex-Juventus President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli believes Antonio Conte’s lawyers “made a mistake” in seeking a plea bargain in the betting trial.

The Coach was advised by Bianconeri lawyers to go for a three-month ban with €200,000 fine on the strict condition it was not legally considered an admission of guilt.

When that was rejected by the Disciplinary Commission, Conte opted to fight the charges of failing to alert authorities to a potential fix and now risks a 15-month suspension. A verdict is expected sometime after Wednesday.

“Although I understood the club’s choice on Conte, I didn’t appreciate it,” Cobolli Gigli told Radio Goal.

“I believe he too wanted to go all the way in front of the judges. After all, a plea bargain is a half-admission of guilt.

“I really appreciated Leonardo Bonucci’s decision to reject a plea bargain. I think the lawyers made a mistake with Conte.”

Bonucci is challenging the charge of sporting fraud, which could see him banned for three-and-a-half years.

Cobolli Gigli also commented on Juve’s upcoming Italian Super Cup match against Napoli in Beijing on Saturday.

“In recent years, we have often come out bruised and battered from games with Napoli. I still remember the time they fought back from 2-0 down to win 3-2, just as they won the Coppa Italia at the end of an extraordinary season.

“We must put all our grit into the Super Cup, following in the style of Conte.”