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Juventus assistant Stellini quits

August 7, 2012
By Adam Digby, Italy Correspondent

The on-going investigation into match-fixing in Italy has led to Cristian Stellini resigning from his role as technical assistant at Juventus.

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A member of Antonio Conte's coaching staff, the 38-year-old quit the position after being handed a two-and-a-half year suspension which concerns his time as a defender with Bari in 2009-10, the final year of his playing career.

His letter of resignation to President Andrea Agnelli was published on the official club website and read: "The events of the last month have deeply affected me. In a short space of time I went from member of the technical staff of the champions of Italy to a cause of turmoil for those with whom I worked.

"Whatever the outcome of the legal situation I am in, I feel it is only right to show a professional attitude and release this weight from Juventus which fell on to the club's shoulders due to my time elsewhere in my career."

"I think it is right to dedicate all my time and efforts to clearing my position in these matters, which are exclusively about me and not those I simply shared a locker room with."

"I therefore tend my irrevocable resignation as technical assistant at Juventus, but not before thanking you, the Managing Director Beppe Marotta, our executives, Antonio Conte and all the players, with whom I had the privilege of working in these 13 months. All I have shown great solidarity, I owe much gratitude to all."

President Agnelli thanked Stellini for his contribution and dedication to the club, telling the official site: "I take note of the resignation of Cristian Stellini. He, as well as during all his experience to Juventus, shows a great sense of responsibility and respect for the Bianconeri colors at a moment of his life so difficult."

There were reports on Tuesday that Conte himself will receive a ten-month suspension, but players Leonardo Bonucci and Simone Pepe are expected to be full acquitted.