Conte willing to consider plea bargain to reduce ban in Scommessopoli scandal - report

The Bianconeri trainer is currently being investigated as part of the match-fixing allegations, and is thought to be ready to comply to assure a shorter period away from the game
Juventus coach Antonio Conte is thought to be ready to issue a bargain plea in exchange for a reduced ban as part of the Scommessopoli scandal in Italy, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports.

The Bianconeri boss is part of the contingent of players and coaches being investigated, with the trainer accused of failing to report two instances of match-fixing.

With the ex-Siena coach facing a lengthy ban if found guilty of the charges, he is considering entering negotiations with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

According to the report, this would not be seen as an explicit admission of guilt from Conte, but simply represents an agreement between the parties to achieve a fair agreement and avoid the prosecution process.

The likely time away from the game if this plea bargain was chosen is thought to be three to four months, with the Serie A champions considering who to appoint as interim coach in the meantime.

Primavera trainer Marco Baroni and backroom staff member Massimo Carrera are both believed to be in consideration, but lack top-class experience.