Italy coach and future Chelsea manager Antonio Conte on Monday welcomed the end of “a nightmare” after being acquitted of sporting fraud charges.
“Four years ago when they came to search my house at five o’clock in the morning it was the start of a nightmare period that seemed never to end,” Conte said in a statement on his Facebook page after the decision by a tribunal in Cremona.
“Today, finally, it’s the end of this horrible story.”
Prosecutor Roberto di Martino had requested a six-month suspended sentence and a fine of 8 000 euros ($9 063) for Conte, as well as similar sanctions for his former assistant at Siena, Angelo Alessio, following accusations they failed to report episodes of match-fixing while in charge at Serie B side Siena in 2011.
On Monday, the Cremona court acquitted Conte of the charges because of his “lack of involvement in the facts”, allowing the 46-year-old to lead Italy into this summer’s Euro 2016 before he takes over as Chelsea manager following the tournament.