Wednesday February 11 2015
Tavecchio: 'Conte storm in teacup'

FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio insists the controversy over Antonio Conte’s court case is “a storm in a teacup.”

The Italy Coach was named in a match-fixing investigation and accused of sporting fraud relating to his time at Siena.

Conte’s words perfectly illustrated the situation,” Tavecchio told Radio Sportiva.

“The Coach said he will stay with us, regardless of all those who suggested otherwise. There was no reason to create this storm in a teacup, to create a very precarious situation where it wasn’t necessary.

“We worked very hard to get Antonio Conte on the Italy bench. Conte is a person other nations envy us for and we give him the best we have,

“We put the youth academies of our football in his hands so that he can intervene in all the levels of the Nazionale.

“As for the match-fixing investigation, our constitution says that an Italian citizen is considered guilty only after the third round of the justice system.

“I just want to remind people that before 2006, simply betting was a crime. There was a political choice to remove the penalisation on betting, a risk that the Government knew could lead to certain situations.”

Betting on sporting events was illegal in Italy until March 2006.

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