A prosecutor in Italy is seeking a suspended six-month match-fixing sentence for current Italy boss and future Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, it has been revealed.
Prosecutor Roberto Di Martino formalised his request on Tuesday as Conte’s fast-track trial began. A fine of €8,000 (£6,400) has also been requested to be issued to Conte, who was announced as the new Chelsea manager on Monday.
Conte is accused of sports fraud in 2010-11 when he was coach of Siena.
The ban was handed out by the Italian FA and was initially meant to last 10 months, but was reduced on appeal.
Conte, who was named as Chelsea’s next manager on Monday, did not attend the hearing. He will step down from his role as the Italy coach and move to Chelsea after this summer’s European Championship.
A ruling is expected by mid-May, with Conte exercising his right to a fast-track trial because he wants to be able to focus on the upcoming tournament in France, which begins in June.
The 46-year-old has described the process as ‘spine-chilling’ and has always maintained his innocence.
Conte has the right to appeal if he is found guilty.