Juve coach Conte made to wait again on ban appeal
Published : 21 Sep 2012 14:47:58
Juventus coach Antonio Conte will have to wait until October 2 before discovering if he has any chance of seeing a 10-month worldwide touchline ban reduced, it was announced Friday.
Conte was suspended by the Italian authorities before the start of the season after being accused of failing to disclose knowledge of match-fixing during his time at Siena in the 2010-11 season.
The ban was endorsed by FIFA last week, meaning Conte cannot coach his team during domestic and international fixtures.
Conte has appealed the Italian football federation ban to the National Sports Arbitration Tribunal (TNAS) -- Italy's supreme sports court -- but in Rome Friday the body suspended the next hearing until October 2.
World football's governing body FIFA said last week any appeal would be monitored by them, including the one about to be heard by an Italian arbitration panel.
Conte's absence meanwhile only appears to have galvanised his team, whom he led to Serie A title glory last season.
Juventus sit top of the league ahead of Saturday's home match against Chievo, and the "Old Lady of Turin" came fighting back against Chelsea in the Champions League Wednesday to draw 2-2 at Stamford Bridge.