Juventus penalized 10 points in standings / DEM Archives – AFP
Turin’s Juventus have had their ratings revoked by 10 points following a reduction in their original 15-point penalty for financial fraud, complicating their options for the next Champions League.
The new decision by the Italian Sports Court sees Juventus fall from second to seventh in the Serie A standings, five points behind the final fourth, which would qualify for the next Champions League (held by AC Milan). became. alliance.
Adding three points against Empoli this Monday night could put Juve two points ahead of the Rossoneri, with the two sides expected to meet next Sunday.
A ruling released by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said these 10 points must be deducted “during the current season”.
The Court of Appeals was somewhat more lenient than the Attorney General who requested an 11-point sanction in the morning.
The most successful club in Italian football said on January 20 that it artificially reduced its losses by artificially reducing its capital gains, which are considered overvalued due to the sale of some players from 2018 to 2021. Received a 15-point penalty.
In April, Juve fell short of a pure and simple nullification of the sanctions, but relied on the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) to return the sanctions to the judges of the Association of Guarantees, the highest body of sports justice in Italy. I persuaded him. He asked the FIGC Court of Appeals to “re-evaluate” the matter.
The university confirmed “voluntary and repeated changes in accounting documents” by Juventus, but a later hearing revealed that some former club leaders were personally responsible, including former vice-president Pavel Nedved. Sanctions were withheld until clarification. acquitted.
Sanctions against the other three coaches were finalized in April, with former sporting director Fabio Paratici, who left Tottenham on learning of the sanctions, suspended for two-and-a-half years, and former president Andrea Agnelli, who has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years. suspended for 2020, and the current chairman was suspended for 16 months. Sports director Federico Cherubini.
The soap opera is not over yet, as Juventus can appeal the ruling again. A final decision could be made after the season ends on June 4.
In a statement released after learning of the decision, Juventus said it “reserves the right” to appeal to the Guarantee Association.
Juventus’ judicial troubles do not end there. The FIGC has yet to decide whether to fine or revoke points for delaying player salaries, another misconduct. It also aims to artificially reduce annual financial statement losses due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the verdict in the lawsuit should not be known until next fall.
Agnelli stepped down as Juventus president at the end of November following the legal proceedings.
The future looks complicated for Juventus. UEFA has also investigated the player for “alleged accounting fraud” and has been forced to implement a financial adjustment plan within three years to respect financial “fair play”.