Soccer: Juve appeals Conte ban again

Turin club takes case to highest sports tribunal

Soccer: Juve appeals Conte ban again

(ANSA) - Turin, August 29 - Juventus on Wednesday appealed to Italian sport's highest court against a 10-month ban incurred by coach Antonio Conte for a match-fixing offence. The Turin club appealed to the Italian Olympic Committee's national sports arbitration tribunal (TNAS), the ultimate arbiter on sporting controversies in Italy. On August 22 the ban - which Juve called the result of a "witch hunt" and Conte described as a "disgrace" - was upheld by a federal appeals. Conte, who led Juve to the Serie A title last season, was found guilty of failing to report an agreement to fix the results of a match when he was in charge of Siena in the second tier in the 2010-11 campaign. A second count was dismissed but the ban still remained at 10 months. The Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) and Juve have traded blows since the appeals verdict, with Juve saying Conte was a scapegoat and FIGC chief Giancarlo Abete accusing Juve of trying to "use justice for its own purposes". Conte suggested that the FIGC prosecutor was "acting like a fan (of another club)". Juve - but only because of Conte's previous post at Siena - have been the biggest club touched by Italy's latest match-fixing scandal. In the 2006 Calciopoli scandal it was stripped of two Serie A titles - which it still claims - and relegated to Serie B.

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