Posted: Friday October 5, 2012 10:57 AM

Juve coach Conte's fixing ban reduced to 4 months

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ROME (AP) -Juventus coach Antonio Conte's match-fixing ban was reduced from 10 to four months Friday by Italy's sports arbitration court.

Conte can now return Dec. 8 instead of next June.

The ban stems from wrongdoing when Conte coached Siena in Serie B two seasons ago.

The reduction came after the panel apparently concluded that Conte did not keep forward Salvatore Mastronunzio out of Siena's squad because he refused to take part in fixing, as had been suggested.

Conte remains guilty of failing to report fixing in a match between Siena and Albinoleffe in the 2010-11 season.

Conte came under suspicion during the testimony of Filippo Carobbio, who played under Conte at Siena. After he was arrested, Carobbio said his former coach was aware of a fix for the 2-2 draw between Novara and Siena in May, 2011.

FIFA extended the ban worldwide last month.

After six matches, Juventus is tied for the Serie A lead with Napoli.

Conte's first match back will come at Palermo on Dec. 9, and he'll also be available if Juventus advances to the knockout phase of the Champions League.

Assistant coach Massimo Carrera has been filling in on the touchline while Conte is unavailable.

In all, Conte will have missed 10 Serie A matches and all six of Juve's group games in the Champions League. After two matches, Juventus has two points in the Champions League, two points behind Group E leaders Chelsea and Shakhtar Donetsk.

In Conte's first season with Juve, the Bianconeri went undefeated for their first Serie A title since before the 2006 match-fixing scandal. The unbeaten run in the league is now at 45 matches, second only to AC Milan's record 58, set during the 1990-91, 91-92, and 92-93 seasons.

 
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