Wednesday September 5 2012
Prandelli stands up for Conte

Cesare Prandelli has leapt to the defence of Antonio Conte after his 10-month ban in the betting scandal. “Any of us could be dragged into it, even if only by gossip.”

The Italy Coach was asked about Conte’s appeal against the 10-month suspension for failing to report a potential fix to the authorities – charges he has always firmly denied.

“I have not changed my mind on the betting scandal,” noted Prandelli.

“Conte received a 10-month ban. What did you want, life in prison? Anyone who made a mistake has to pay, but there is a big difference between failing to report something and actual sporting fraud.

“In a career spanning 20 years any of us could be dragged into it, even if only by gossip and hearsay.”

This seems to be a reference to Filippo Carobbio, the former Siena player whose testimony is the only evidence against Conte.

Carobbio claims Conte told the Siena squad the results of two games were already agreed, but the other players at the same team meeting do not share his version of events.

Juventus Coach Conte lost the first appeal, but is now taking the matter to the TNAS tribunal.

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