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Friday, September 14, 2012
FIFA extends Antonio Conte's ban

The Associated Press

ZURICH -- FIFA has extended Juventus coach Antonio Conte's 10-month suspension for match-fixing violations to include all soccer worldwide, barring him from working at a Champions League game against Chelsea next week.

FIFA says Conte's ban "covers all types of matches, including domestic, international, friendly and official fixtures."

Juventus, a two-time European champion, begins the Champions League group stage at titleholder Chelsea on Wednesday.

Conte has appealed his sanction by the Italian soccer federation for failing to report match-fixing by an opponent when he coached then-Serie B team Siena in the 2010-11 season.

Conte then guided unbeaten Juventus to the Serie A title last year in his first season in Turin.

Technical director Massimo Carrera has taken over this season while Conte and his assistant Angelo Alessio are banished from matches.




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