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Match-fixing trial not expected to affect Antonio Conte taking up Chelsea reins

Published 05/04/2016

Italy coach Antonio Conte is set to take over at Chelsea following Euro 2016, and denies any wrongdoing in an ongoing match-fixing trial
Italy coach Antonio Conte is set to take over at Chelsea following Euro 2016, and denies any wrongdoing in an ongoing match-fixing trial

Antonio Conte's ongoing legal case in Italy is not expected to impact on him taking up the manager's job at Chelsea ahead of next season, Press Association Sport understands.

Chelsea announced on Monday that Conte will take charge at Stamford Bridge on a three-year deal after coaching Italy at Euro 2016 this summer.

Conte is one of several defendants in a match-fixing trial taking place in Cremona, relating to when he was in charge of Serie B side Siena in 2011. He denies any wrongdoing.

Italian prosecutor Roberto Di Martino has reportedly stated he would be seeking a six-month suspended prison sentence and an 8,000 euros (£6,400) fine for Conte, who has already served a four-month touchline ban imposed by the Italian Football Federation in 2012 relating to the case.

A final statement by the defence looks set to be made to the court later this month, with the judge's verdict expected in the middle of May.

Chelsea will not comment on the matter as it is part of an ongoing legal process, but three-time Serie A-winning coach Conte, who has maintained his innocence throughout the affair, believes he has no charge to answer.

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