The outcome of Antonio Conte’s match-fixing trial will not prevent him from beginning his new job with Chelsea this summer.
Conte was this week confirmed as Jose Mourinho’s permanent replacement at Stamford Bridge and he will take over the reins from interim boss Guus Hiddink.
He is stepping down from his role as manager of the Italian national team following the conclusion of the European Championships in France.
However, the incoming Blues boss is in the midst of legal proceedings as a prosecutor is seeks a suspended six-month match-fixing sentence for Conte.
Prosecutor Roberto Di Martino formalised his request as Conte's fast-track trial began on Tuesday.
The 46-year-old is accused of sport fraud in 2010 to 2011 when he was coach of Siena, with the club’s 1-0 win at Albinoleffe in May 2011 being probed.
Siena's 2-2 draw at Novara, also in May 2011, was dropped from the inquiry.
Conte , who has denied wrongdoing, served a four-month ban during the 2012 to 2013 season during his time at Juventus after failing to report fixing at Siena.
The Italian did not attend Tuesday’s hearing and a ruling is not expected until the middle of May, leaving question marks hanging over the coach.
But given even a guilty verdict would result in a six-month suspended jail sentence, there are no barriers preventing Conte from taking charge at Chelsea as planned.