Antonio Conte has won his legal battle with Chelsea and the club will have to pay their former manager £85,000 in compensation.
An employment tribunal ruled in the Italian’s favour and Judge Andrew Glennie found that he was unfairly sacked by the Blues in July 2018.
‘The complaint of unfair dismissal is well founded,’ he said. ‘The respondent (Chelsea) shall pay to the claimant (Conte) a basic award of £1,524 and a compensatory award of £83,682, being a total of £85,206.’
Antonio Conte has won his legal battle against Chelsea and has been awarded compensation
The dismissal of Conte from his post, with Chelsea taking part in pre-season training at the time, is the most expensive sacking in English football history.
Chelsea’s latest accounts sensationally showed the massive outlay they had to spend on compensation for the manager, his staff and legal proceedings totalled £26.6million.
Roman Abramovich has now paid out a total of £90m on sacking managers since the Russian took over at Stamford Bridge back in 2004.
Conte remained out of work until May last year when he took over at Inter Milan.
Roman Abramovich will have to pay up again after Conte won the employment tribunal
Maurizio Sarri succeeded his compatriot at Chelsea but was also sacked before taking the helm at Juventus.
Conte may feel delighted to force Abramovich to dig deeper into his pockets for the compensation and the billionaire continues to pump money into the club.
He invested £247million into Chelsea in in 2018-19 despite barely being seen in the country due to ongoing issues over his UK visa amid a souring of diplomatic relations between the British government and Russia.
The club’s wage bill also went up by £41m in 2019 despite not playing in the Champions League.