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Juve coach Conte denied plea bargain

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Juventus coach Antonio Conte has been denied a plea bargain over match-fixing probe.
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ROME (AP)

Juventus coach Antonio Conte is facing a 15-month ban after being denied a plea bargain for his involvement in an Italian match-fixing scandal.

Conte's offer of a three-month ban was rejected by an Italian football federation tribunal on Wednesday, and he was told on Thursday that the court will not accept any plea bargain.

Prosecutor Stefano Palazzi is asking for a 15-month ban for Conte.

Conte, who led Juventus to the Serie A title last season, is accused of failing to report match-fixing in two games during the 2010-11 season when he was coach of then-Serie B team Siena.

Siena will start the upcoming Serie A season with a six-point penalty after its second plea bargain was accepted on Wednesday.

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