Juventus vow to back Conte after Scommessopoli verdict

The Turin giants have released a formal statement in support of the beleaguered head coach, and are hopeful he will be acquitted on appeal
Juventus have reiterated that Antonio Conte and his assistant Angelo Alessio still have the club's full support, despite the duo being sanctioned for their role in the Scommessopoli scandal.

The coach was handed a 10-month suspension for his involvement in the match-fixing scandal, while his deputy was banned for eight months.

"Following the verdicts given by the FIGC's disciplinary committee regarding the involvement of Juventus employees in incidents while at other clubs, Juventus are extremely satisfied with the acquittal of footballers Leonardo Bonucci and Simone Pepe," read an official statement.

"Furthermore, the club underlines its full support for Antonio Conte and Angelo Alessio, in the hope that their innocence will emerge during the appeals process. 

"The coaches' legal team, comprising of professionals chosen by the parties themselves in complete agreement with the club, is already drawing up the grounds for appeal, in the firm belief that the coaches had no involvement in the matter.

"Antonio Conte and Angelo Alessio will be assisted by lawyers Antonio De Rensis and Luigi Chiappero, and additionally by Giulia Bongiorno."

The verdicts come only one day before Juventus' Supercoppa Italiana match against Napoli on Saturday.