Banned Juve coach appears in front of appeal panel
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SHOWS: ROME, ITALY (AUGUST 20, 2012) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. JOURNALISTS OUTSIDE FEDERAL COURT OF JUSTICE 2. VARIOUS LAWYERS AND COURT OFFICIALS ARRIVING 3. ANTONIO CONTE EXITS CAR AND WALKS THROUGH CROWD OF JOURNALISTS 4. JOURNALISTS IN COURT PRESS ROOM ROME, ITALY (AUGUST 20, 2012) (COURT TV - ACCESS ALL) 5. ANTONIO CONTE IN COURT ON PRESS ROOM MONITOR STORY: Juventus coach Antonio Conte appeared at the Federal Court of Justice in Rome on Monday (20 August) to challenge his 10-month ban from football. The 43-year-old was suspended in connection with the Calcioscommesse match-fixing scandal. Conte, who led an undefeated Juventus to the Serie A title last season, was accused of failing to report incidents of match-fixing in two games in the 2010-11 season when he was the coach of then Serie B side Siena. Conte's original plea-bargain of a three-month ban and a fine of 200,000 euros ($246,200) had been rejected by the Federation's disciplinary commission, and after not being able to agree on revised terms, he opted to go to trial. Italian football had only just recovered from a damaging 2006 match-fixing scandal and the new affair has again shone a light on the shady dealings which have blighted Serie A and B for years. Turin giants Juventus were demoted in the 2006 scandal centred on referees but after years of woe finally bounced back to win the Serie A title last season in Conte's first term in charge. The appeal is expected to conclude later this week.