Juventus announces media blackout after Conte decision

Juventus is furious that the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) Disciplinary Committee rejected the plea bargain deal that had been agreed with the federal prosecutor
Juventus has announced a media blackout in response to the news that coach Antonio Conte must go to trial to answer charges relating to the Scommessopoli match-fixing scandal.

The Bianconeri boss had agreed a deal with federal prosecutor Stefano Palazzi that would have seen the former Italy international hit with a three-month touchline ban and a €200,000 fine for failing to report two alleged attempts to influence the outcome of games during his time in charge of Siena.

However, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) Disciplinary Committee surprisingly rejected Conte's plea bargain, meaning the 42-year-old is now set to be subjected to a full trial, much to the outrage of his employers.

"Juventus has today [Wednesday] enforced a media blackout," read a statement on the club's website.

"The situation will be assessed tomorrow [Thursday] and based on today’s facts, which are considered to be, regardless of the event’s outcome, an extremely serious act concerning the honour of all subjects involved: professionals, managers, employees and the club.

"The club will make further comment tomorrow."

As well as Conte, Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, winger Simone Pepe and backroom duo Angelo Alessio and Cristian Stellini have also been implicated in the affair.