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Soccer: Abete says FIGC didn't single out Conte

Fed chief says no 'witch hunt' or 'prosecutor-supporters'

Soccer: Abete says FIGC didn't single out Conte

(ANSA) - Florence, August 24 - Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) chief Giancarlo Abete on Friday denied Juventus claims the FIGC had conducted a "witch hunt" in banning coach Antonio Conte for 10 months for neglecting to report a match-fixing incident. Abete also rebutted Conte's contention that an FIGC prosecutor had pursued charges more zealously against him because he was acting "like a fan (of another team)". "We haven't come down hard on anyone (in the match-fixing probe)," Abete told reporters. "Why would we?", he asked. "We understand everyone's suffering but any criticism must be respectful. When I hear talk of prosecutors-cum-supporters, (I think) it's clear that the majority of people linked to soccer may have sporting passions but when you're a professional you are duty-bound to respect that professionalism". Conte, the highest-profile figure in the match-fixing case, got one of the longest bans although he was not directly involved in rigging games or betting on their results with Far East gambling syndicates. photo: Conte

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