- Chelsea and Antonio Conte were in a legal battle and the manager has won
- He will receive £85,000 from the club in compensation after winning in court
- Recent accounts showed his sacking was the most expensive in English football
- Blues paid out £26.6million for Conte, his staff and lengthy legal proceedings
Antonio Conte has won his legal battle against Chelsea and has been awarded compensation
Roman Abramovich (right) has now spent £90m on compensation for sacked Chelsea bosses
Conte’s sacking cost Chelsea £26.6m, including compensation for the Italian and his staff
Abramovich will have to pay up again after Conte won £85,000 in an employment tribunal
Chelsea will have to pay former manager Antonio Conte an extra £85,000 after he won his claim for unfair dismissal.
Conte won a first legal battle last May when an employment tribunal ordered Chelsea to pay £9m in compensation over his sacking in 2018.
The parties had been at odds for 10 months over the Italian’s severance package since he was axed with 12 months left on the three-year deal he signed upon being appointed in 2016.
Chelsea and Conte failed to agree a settlement after the club refused to pay the final year of money he claimed he was due.
Conte was so determined not to ruin his chances of a full payout that he declined an approach from Real Madrid and stayed out of work until joining Inter Milan in 2019.
Chelsea argued Conte’s conduct in his final year, in which he fell out with players and club chiefs, was a breach of his contract.
The club’s latest accounts show they had already paid out a huge £26.6m in compensation to Conte, his staff and legal proceedings associated with his dismissal, making it the most expensive sacking in football history.
An employment tribunal ruled in Conte’s favour and Judge Andrew Glennie found that he was unfairly sacked by the Blues in July 2018.
Judge Andrew Glennie said: ‘The complaint of unfair dismissal is well founded. 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.’
Roman Abramovich has now paid out a total of £90m on sacking managers since he took over at Stamford Bridge back in 2003.
Conte remained out of work until May last year when he took over at Inter Milan.
The former Italy midfielder steered Chelsea to the Premier League title in 2017 but was dismissed a year later with 12 months left on his contract as the Blues finished fifth and failed to qualify for the Champions League.
Conte also led Chelsea to victory in the 2018 FA Cup, with a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the final.
Maurizio Sarri succeeded his compatriot at Chelsea but left to take charge at Juventus last summer after just a year in charge.
Abramovich has had to dig deeper into his pockets to pay the compensation and the billionaire continues to pump money into the club.
He invested £247m 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.
Abramovich, 53, is the most successful owner in the club’s history.
The Blues have won the Premier League five times, the FA Cup five times, three League Cups, the Europa League twice and the Champions League under his ownership.