Elkann adds to Zeman criticism

The chairman of Juventus owners Exor has added his voice to

those criticising Roma coach Zdenek Zeman for his controversial

comments about the suspended Juventus manager Antonio Conte.

John Elkann, who as chairman and CEO of Exor works closely

alongside the controlling stakeholders, the Agnelli family, has

moved swiftly to put the Roma manager in his place after he

suggested Conte should face more severe punishment for his alleged

involvement in match-fixing.

Former Siena manager Conte, together with assistant Angelo

Alessio, was banned for 10 months for failing to report two

incidents of match-fixing during their time at the Stadio Artemio


Massimo Carrera has stepped up from his role as youth technical

director to take interim control of first-team affairs at Juve and

won the Supercoppa with victory over Napoli in his first game in


Conte’s suspension, however, does not forbid him from coaching

his players at La Vecchia’s training ground during the week, a fact

that inspired Zeman to slam the Italian Football Association’s

(FIGC) ruling on Sunday.

Without specifically naming Conte, he told the Gazzetta dello

Sport: “A suspended player can train, but I don’t think a coach

serving a lengthy ban should be able to train his players.

“I’m not fully appraised of the verdicts of the match-fixing

trial, but I think the problem needs to be dealt with more


Juve director general Giuseppe Marotta, FIGC president Giancarlo

Abete and Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini have already responded

negatively to Zeman’s comments via the press.

Elkann broke his silence on Thursday, telling the Corriere dello

Sport: “Zeman? Carrera has managed one game in his career and has

won one more cup than him.”

In total, 45 people and 13 clubs were under investigation in the

‘Calcioscommesse’ scandal.

Conte’s former side Siena accepted a six-point deduction in a

plea bargain deal, while fellow Serie B clubs Lecce and Grosseto

were demoted to the Lega Pro.

Elkann added: “Juventus has a very clear position on this, the

events have nothing to do with this club.

“We want everyone to be aware of that. We do not want to be

associated with things that do not concern us.

“Having said that all the players and coaches at the club want

to help find a solution to what is a difficult and unpleasant


“Then we can reflect on how sporting justice and its laws work.

We are waiting patiently.”