Chelsea to pay €10.5m in compensation to Antonio Conte after losing legal battle

English Premier League outfit Chelsea has been ordered to pay former head coach Antonio Conte €10.5 million (£9 million) in compensation. According to Times, the decision was made by the Premier League managers' arbitration tribunal, putting an end to a bitter saga which followed the Italian manager's sack.

Despite winning the Premier League and the FA Cup in his two-year stint with the Blues, Conte was shown the exit door at the beginning of the 2018/2019 season. The divorce was reportedly as a result of the ex-Juventus boss breaching his contract by falling out with former Chelsea striker Diego Costa, who subsequently forced a move to Atletico Madrid in January 2018.

The London club then went ahead to appoint Maurizio Sarri as the club's new manager while refusing to pay Conte his full severance package as he still had a year left on his contract. As a result, a three-person Premier League managers' arbitration tribunal was instated to peruse the matter and the 10-month legal battle has reached its climax with Conte getting the ruling in his favor.

Nonetheless, should Chelsea refuse to fulfil the tribunal's ruling, the judgement can be challenged in the High Court. In contrast, Times claim that the Blues are unwilling to contest the tribunal's decision. This means that the severances paid by Roman Abramovich to sacked managers in the last 14 years is set to rise to over £90 million.

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