Antonio Conte and Chelsea Premier League arbitration tribunal begins on Thursday
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 21/03/19 9:13am
The £9m legal battle between Antonio Conte and his former employers Chelsea may soon be resolved as a Premier League arbitration tribunal begins on Thursday.
Since Conte's acrimonious departure from Stamford Bridge eight months ago, lawyers from both sides have tried and failed to agree a severance package, with Conte claiming £9m to pay up the remaining 12 months of his contract.
Chelsea counter that Conte's behaviour towards players and staff at the club - and in particular his text messages to Diego Costa, telling him he was not part of his future plans - means he was in breach of his contract, and should receive a much smaller package.
Sky Sports News understands the hearing, in front of a three-person panel, is scheduled for two days.
Failure to agree a deal could see the case move to a employment tribunal and ultimately the High Court.