Tuesday October 2 2012
Conte appeal verdict on hold

Juventus boss Antonio Conte will have to wait until October 7 at the latest to find out the result of his appeal against a 10-month ban.

Conte is currently suspended from touchline duties after he was found guilty of failing to report an alleged attempt to fix the outcome of a Siena game while he was a tactician in Tuscany.

The Coach’s legal team spent two hours with judges at the country’s National Court of Arbitration for Sport on Tuesday in a bid to get his sentence rescinded or at least reduced.

His defence want the TNAS to take into consideration the testimony of ex-Siena player Salvatore Mastronunzio.

One of Conte's lawyers, Giulia Bongiorno, believes the evidence from Mastronunzio could be crucial.

“We believe that it’s essential Mastronunzio is heard. His testimony can reverse the whole decision,” lawyer Giulia Bongiorno stated. "Our objective remains Conte’s acquittal.”

TNAS will now make a decision on Conte’s ban by October 7, with the reasons explaining their judgement set to be published by November 15.

Reports this morning are speculating that Conte will have his ban cut by somewhere in the region of four to six months.

Conte continues to train the side in the week, but Massimo Carrera takes charge on the touchline during games.