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Alessio to return from ban next week

October 12, 2012
By Adam Digby, Italy Correspondent

Juventus assistant manager Angelo Alessio has had his eight-month touchline ban reduced on appeal and is now free to return to full duty from October 15.

Angelo Alessio
GettyImagesAngelo Alessio and Antonio Conte in happier times at Juventus

• Conte ban reduced

Along with club manager Antonio Conte, Alessio had been suspended from the touchline for his alleged role in the match-fixing scandal for failing to report an attempt to rig a game during their time with Siena in the 2009-10 season.

The former Juventus midfielder was originally handed an eight-month sentence but that was reduced to six after the first appeal hearing.

Now the Italian Olympic Committee's appeal court, the TNAs, has cut the sentence to just over two months, meaning he will be available for the match against Napoli next week.

It does, however, pose something of a problem for the Turin club who must now decide whether to allow technical director Massimo Carrera to remain in charge of the team in Conte's absence or hand the reigns to Alessio. Conte returns from his ban on December 9.

Meanwhile, technical co-ordinator Fabio Paratici has agreed a contract extension amid interest from Tottenham Hotspur.

The new deal will see him tied to Juventus until 2015 and will be ratified at the club's next board meeting on October 26.