Monday August 6 2012
Conte assistant Stellini resigns

Antonio Conte’s assistant, Cristian Stellini, has resigned from the Juventus staff after he took a plea bargain in the betting trial.

The former Bari and Como player had been part of Conte’s staff while at Siena in 2010-11.

It was during that experience that the events of the betting trial occurred, which saw Conte and assistant manager Angelo Alessio fight the charges of failing to alert authorities to a potential fix.

Stellini’s position was rather more serious and he accepted a plea bargain this week for a ban of two years and six months for sporting fraud.

This evening the official Juventus website published Stellini’s resignation letter, which was addressed to President Andrea Agnelli.

“The events of the last month have deeply affected me. In a short space of time I went from member of the technical staff of the champions of Italy to a cause of turmoil for those I worked with.

“Whatever the evolution of the legal situation I am in, I feel it is only right to show a professional attitude and release this weight from Juventus which fell on to the club’s shoulders due to my time elsewhere in my career.

“I think it is right to dedicate all my time and efforts to clearing my position in these matters, which are exclusively about me and not those I simply shared a locker room with.

“I therefore tend my irrevocable resignation as technical assistant at Juventus.”

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