Tuesday, September 18, 2012
UEFA PLAN NOT TO STOP BANNED COACH CONTE FROM COMMUNICATING WITH JUVE BENCH AGAINST CHELSEA
Europe football governing body, UEFA have admitted they will not try to stop banned Juventus coach Antonio Conte communicating with his coaching staff during Wednesday's Champions League clash with Chelsea.
Conte is currently serving a 10-month dugout ban for not reporting evidence of match-fixing during his spell in charge of Siena in 2010
The ban extends to UEFA games, but officials admitted they will not be monitoring him during the game when he will be sitting in the stands.
It means he could use a mobile phone to talk to his bench and issue instructions to his players.
Juve have lost only once under Conte, in the Coppa Italia final against Napoli. The Turin club are unbeaten in Serie A for 16 months.
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho got round a similar touchline ban in 2005 in a Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona by hiding in a skip to get into the dressing room.
In the quarter-finals against Bayern Munich, when Mourinho was still banned, his assistant, Rui Faria, wore a woolly hat in the dugout which raised suspicions that he was wearing an earpiece to communicate with his boss.
So why was Wenger punished last season when it was reported that he committed same offense at match involving Arsenal and Udinese during the UEFA Champions league qualifier? Million dollar question!