Football - Serie A

Bonucci happy after being cleared

Leonardo Bonucci's agent has expressed his contentment after his client was cleared of any wrongdoing in the Italian match-fixing case.

Bonucci praises verdict - Football - Serie Adpa

Juventus defender Bonucci was forced to deny claims he had been involved in an attempt to fix a match between Bari and Udinese over two years ago.

Former Bari defender Andrea Masiello's testament against Bonucci had been deemed inconsistent by the Italian Football Federation's disciplinary commission before the player was acquitted of all charges.

He had been facing a possible 42-month suspension. Juventus coach Antonio Conte has been banned for 10 months in relation to a match-fixing investigation. The coach of the reigning Serie A champions had been accused of failing to report alleged match-fixing involving Siena when he managed them in the 2010-11 Serie B season.

“Of course I am very happy. All of our defensive inferences have been accepted, we were convinced of the innocence of the player,” said Bonucci's agent Davide Torchia.

“A special thanks goes to his lawyers. Not only that, I want to thank the people who demonstrated unconditional support for Leonardo. He is now focused on the next challenge, fortunately this is a challenge on the field. These are the challenges he is experienced in.

“Our sympathy goes to the coach, we cannot go into the details, but we hope that everything will go well for him. Right now we are close to all those who have been involved.”

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