Conte cleared in 2011 match-fixing scandal

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Chelsea manager-elect Antonio Conte has been fully cleared of any wrongdoing relating to the Siena match-fixing scandal from 2011.

The 46-year-old, who will lead Italy at Euro 2016 next month, was acquitted by a judge after being accused of doing nothing to stop two incidents of match-fixing while in charge of Italian side Siena.

The judge ruled that the charges against Conte were baseless.

“Today finally draws a line under this ugly story,” Conte said in a statement on his official Facebook page.

“Four years ago, a search of my house at 5am ushered in a nightmare period that at times I felt would go on forever.

“Those who stood by me, and who know me best, know how much I have struggled with the idea that my name might be associated with the shameful world of match-fixing.”

While coach of Juventus in 2012, Conte was banned for 10 months for not reporting alleged match-fixing in two games involving Siena during the 2010-11 season.

The ban was later reduced to four months by an Italian sports tribunal, and he has now been cleared of any wrongdoing.

“I thank my family and the many people who never believed even for a moment the words which presented a false image of my lifestyle,” Conte added.

“I am a sportsman and I know no other way to achieve success than through sacrifice and total dedication. It was a terrible experience and I have faced it head on.

“To all those who never doubted my honesty, I want to express my gratitude, and reassure them that I have emerged from this testing time as a stronger and more highly motivated person.”

Conte became coach of the Italian national side in 2014. He will lead them at Euro 2016 next month before taking charge of Chelsea after competition.

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