Under pressure Antonio Conte refuses to commit to Chelsea

Updated 12 January 2018
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Under pressure Antonio Conte refuses to commit to Chelsea

LONDON: Antonio Conte has refused to give any guarantees over his future at Chelsea, adding that “everything is possible” as speculation over his position at the club persists.
The Italian won the Premier League last season in his first year as head coach at the Blues, who play former title winners Leicester on Saturday.
Conte signed an improved contract last summer but it was not an extension to his deal, which still expires in June 2019 and there has been continued speculation over his position at Stamford Bridge.
The former Juventus and Italy boss, whose side are third in the table, said that goes with the territory of working at Chelsea and does not happen at other clubs.
“I have another year of (my) contract with this club,” he said. “But as you know very well everything is possible. In one moment you stay here, in another moment another person replaces you in your job.”
Asked if he would extend his contract with Chelsea, Conte added: “In this case, I think the club has to decide to send me away.”
Conte’s position has been the subject of speculation over a rumored frustration regarding transfers.
“For the manager of this club it’s normal to have this type of situation, also if you won last season the league and you reached the final in the FA Cup,” he said. “This is the history of this club for the manager.
“I have a lot of experience to deal with this type of situation. (But) there is something strange if, after the first game we lost against Burnley, the press pushed quickly to sack me for another coach. I think in other clubs this doesn’t happen.”
Conte insisted he is happy at Chelsea, will continue to work as a professional and will “never give up.”


Egypt's Olympic body ratifies sanctions on Zamalek chief

Updated 21 October 2018
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Egypt's Olympic body ratifies sanctions on Zamalek chief

  • Zamalek teams would be given until Oct. 28 to play home matches, but would lose the privilege if Mansour does not make himself available by that date for questioning by the Olympic committee

CAIRO (AP) — The general assembly of the Egyptian Olympic Committee has ratified a two-year suspension of the chairman of one of Egypt's top soccer clubs.
Comprising national sports federations, the assembly decided on Saturday to write to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi about the "illegal" use by Murtada Mansour of Zamalek FC of his parliamentary immunity to escape legal proceedings over financial irregularities and verbal abuse of sports figures.
It said Zamalek teams would be given until Oct. 28 to play home matches, but would lose the privilege if Mansour does not make himself available by that date for questioning by the Olympic committee.
Mansour has for years been a thorn in the side of Egypt's sports scene, with his use of profanities a feature of his TV appearances.