Chelsea have been dealt a massive blow as a tribunal has ordered the club to pay a £9m compensation to Antonio Conte.
Conte had vented his anger after the Blues replaced him with Maurizio Sarri just before the Premier League season started. The Italian led the club to their last Premier League title in 2016/17 and also lifted the FA Cup in the following season after defeating Manchester United in the final.
A tribunal consists of three managers gave the verdict in the Italian’s favour and the West Londoners could appeal to a high court but that is unlikely to happen as owner Roman Abramovich wants to settle down things with the former manager.
The Blues cited Conte’s behaviour with all the persons in and around the club was the reason for the premature sacking. Also his way of handling Diego Costa fuelled the case and the forward went on to rejoin Atletico Madrid later.
Conte wanted to have his last season’s payment in full as he argued the delay in Chelsea’s decision making had an adverse effect on his managerial ambitions as all the potential vacations had been filled up.