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Conte 'cleared of match-fixing'

9 January 2013-AP

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Cleared ... Antonio Conte (Getty)

Juventus coach Antonio Conte has reportedly been cleared of more match-fixing, this time stemming from when he coached Bari from 2008 to 2009.

Italian media said Bari prosecutors are completing their inquiry and are in the process of notifying 20 people they are under investigation.

However, Conte is not one of them.

Inter Milan and former Bari defender Andrea Ranocchia has also been reportedly cleared.

Conte and Ranocchia could still be called in for questioning by the Italian football federation.

Among those named as being under investigation are current Torino and former Bari goalkeeper Jean Francois Gillet and Conte's former assistant, Cristian Stellini.

Nearly all of the others are also former Bari players.

Conte was banned for four months this season for failing to report fixing with Siena two seasons ago.

He remains under investigation by prosecutors in Cremona.

The Italian maintains he is innocent.

Two of Bari's Serie B matches were allegedly fixed - Bari-Treviso (0-1) on 10 May 2008 and Salernitana-Bari (3-2) on 23 May 2009.

Conte coached Bari in the second half of the 2007-2008 season and in 2008-2009.

He led Atalanta in the first half of 2009-2010, then guided Siena in 2010-11, leading the Tuscan club to promotion back to Serie A.

Conte joined Juventus last season and led the club to the Serie A title. Juve again tops the table this season.

At least 50 people have been arrested in Italy for match-fixing since the middle of 2011, with scores more under investigation by prosecutors in Cremona, Bari and Napoli.

The Bari prosecutors have based a large part of their inquiries on the confessions of former Bari defenders Andrea Masiello and Vittorio Micolucci.

Masiello was arrested in April, while Micolucci was involved in the Cremona inquiry and banned by sports authorities.

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