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Juventus coach questioned on match-fixing again

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ROME (AP)

Juventus coach Antonio Conte was questioned again by the Italian football federation prosecutor about another match-fixing case Monday.

Having already been suspended for four months at the start of this season for failing to report fixing when he coached Siena two years ago, Conte faces a possible similar charge stemming from when he managed Bari in 2008-09.

Court officials have been investigating Bari's matches with Treviso in May 2008 and Salernitana in May 2009. With little to gain, Bari lost both games, having already secured a mid-table finish in 2008 and the Serie B title in 2009.

Conte, on course to guide Juventus to a second consecutive Serie A title, was accompanied by three lawyers for the meeting with FIGC prosecutor Stefano Palazzi.

Conte denies wrongdoing.

Upon exiting the three-hour hearing, Conte said he ''absolutely'' is not worried about facing more punishment. He added that it's ''a very bitter pill to swallow when you realize that some ugly things happened behind you.''

''It went well, we even had a break for tea and biscuits,'' Conte said. ''It was a very friendly setting, despite the history. I think I cleared everything up.''



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