December return for Conte
Juventus coach Antonio Conte will return to the touchline in December after having his lengthy suspension from football reduced by six months.
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) suspended Conte for 10 months in August for his alleged failure to report two incidents of match-fixing while in charge of Siena during the 2010-11 Serie B season.
A subsequent appeal to the Federal Court of Justice failed, but Conte's lawyers' move for acquittal by Italy's sporting arbitration court (TNAS) has resulted in a reduction of six months, allowing Conte to take charge of Juventus' Serie A game at Palermo on December 9.
The terms of Conte's ban have allowed him to coach his players during the week, but prohibit any touchline activity, with Juve technical director Massimo Carrera forced to assume interim control of the Italian champions on matchdays.
In September, a FIFA committee extended Conte's suspension worldwide, denying him the chance to manage in the Champions League.
The 43-year-old will therefore miss out on making his management debut in the competition this calendar year, as Juve's last group game against Shakhtar Donetsk takes place on December 5.
Conte will also have missed 15 league games by the time he returns to the bench at Palermo's Stadio Renzo Barbera in December.
This summer's wide-sweeping investigation into irregular betting patterns and incidents of match-fixing involved 45 people and 13 clubs in total.
Conte's former club Siena were handed a six-point deduction while Lecce found themselves demoted to Lega Pro for their role in the Calcioscommesse scandal.
Yesterday, former Bari defender Andrea Masiello received a 22-month suspended sentence for admitting scoring a deliberate own goal in a relegation decider in exchange for payment.