On Friday, the judges handling the Italian calcioscommesse affair ruled that Antonio Conte is banned from the bench for ten months. The Juventus manager will still be allowed to train his squad, but will not be able to directly manage the team during matches. The sentence is a result of Conte's role in the latest betting scandal, finding him guilty of failing to report attempted sported fraud while coach of Siena in the 2010-2011 season.
Earlier in the week, Conte announced that if he was to be banned for such a long period of time, he would resign from his position with the Old Lady. However, no sign of this has reached the media thus far, and the club are continuing to back their manager. But with Juventus being Juventus, it's almost certain we can expect a media blackout to protest the proclamation of Conte's guilt.
With their manager banned for ten months, it will be interesting to see how last year's scudetto winners manage this season. Assistant coach Angelo Alessio has also been banned, for eight months. Meanwhile, two Juventus players, Leonardo Bonucci and Simone Pepe, were cleared of wrongdoing.