Juventus manager Antonio Conte's match-fixing ban has been reduced from 10 months to four months, according to a report from Miles Chambers of Goal.com.
The situation dates back two seasons to when Conte was managing with Siena. He was accused, and eventually found guilty, of alleged attempts to fix matches as a part of the Scommessopoli scandal that rocked football in Italy.
Conte will now be eligible to return to the Juventus sidelines in early December instead of the middle of next year. The Associated Press reports (via Yahoo! Sports) the decision was made by a sports arbitration court based on a lack of evidence.
The original ban was partly based on a claim that Conte made a lineup decision concerning striker Salvatore Mastronunzio because he didn't agree to fix the match, according to the AP. Since that couldn't be proven, the suspension was lessened.
Massimo Carrera has been in charge of the squad during Conte's absence, leading the team to the top of the Serie A table through six matches. He will remain in that role until Conte can return to his usual spot on the sidelines.
The ban is now scheduled to last through Dec. 8. The Vecchia Signora have a road match the following day against Palermo, which would be the first game Conte would be clear to return as long as no further changes to the ban are made.
It's good news for Juventus if for no other reason than the club can finally put the distraction in the past before the key portion of the season.
The lack of Conte's presence during matches has partially overshadowed the team's terrific start, but everything should return to normal in December.
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