Juventus coach Conte has ban reduced by six months

The Italian coach could now make his return to the Juventus touchline as soon as Dec. 9 after his ban was slashed from 10 months to just four.

Juventus head coach Antonio Conte has seen his match ban reduced from 10 months to four months, meaning he will return to the Bianconeri touchline as soon as December.

The Italian had originally been handed the long punishment for his part in a match-fixing scandal while in charge of Siena during the 2010-11 season. The 43-year-old former Italy international was specifically convicted of failing to report an alleged attempt to fix a match during his one-year tenure before he left for Juventus.

Conte has been able to help train his players this season but has been banned from any touchline activity and is unable to influence decisions during matches, which have instead been overseen by Massimo Carrera.

The coach’s lawyers were able to convince the TNAS court that the ban should be reduced after the initial failed attempt at getting him acquitted of the charges. This means he will now be able to return to action for Juve’s clash with Palermo on Dec. 9, one day after his ban expires and 16 games into the 2012-13 campaign.

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