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
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.”