Monday May 16 2016
Conte: ‘End of a nightmare’

Antonio Conte discusses his acquittal in a match-fixing probe - “today is the end of a nightmare”.

The Italy CT, who will take over at Chelsea after Euro 2016, was today cleared of failing to report a fix while in charge of Siena, something he had always denied.

“Today was the end of a nightmare,” Conte said in a statement.

“Having my name linked to match-fixing caused me suffering. It was an experience I tackled head-on.

“I thank my family, who never doubted me.”

The former Juventus Coach also posted a message on his Facebook, thanking his supporters.

"Four years ago, starting with search of my house at five in the morning, a nightmare period began which at times felt like it would go on forever.

"Those who know me and stood by me know how much the idea that I could be tied to the shame of calcioscommesse hurt me.

"Today finally puts an end to this ugly story. I thank my family, who never for a moment believed the words of those who have made deception their lifestyle.

"As I've always said to those who were called-upon to judge me, I'm a sportsman and I know no other way to achieve success than through sacrifice and total dedication.

"It was a terrible experience, but I faced it head-on. That's shown by the way I decided to participate in the process, without seeking loopholes. That's what I've always done in sport and in life.

"To those who never doubted my loyalty I want to express my gratitude, and assure you that I've come out of this stronger and more motivated."

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