Juventus conceded 15 points in the league for questionable transfers

Juventus conceded 15 points in the league for questionable transfers

Italy’s sports courts announced on Friday 20 January that they would penalize Juventus with a 15-point deduction in the league for questionable transfers.

The second part of the season promises to be complicated. Juventus have been penalized by the Italian sports courts for fraudulent transfers of players with a deduction of 15 points in the league, the Italian Football Association announced on Friday evening.

Acquitted in Spring 2022

In this case, the “old lady” was acquitted along with ten other clubs in spring 2022, but the federal appeals court granted the federal prosecutor’s application for the reopening of the proceedings in view of the elements transmitted only for the club from Turin. by the Italian judiciary, which is also investigating Juve’s accounts, according to a press release from the association.

In handing the Italian club that 15-point penalty against Juve, which the press release says is “to be served in the current season”, the panel went beyond the demands of prosecutors, who had requested a nine-point deduction.

No Champions League?

The Court of Appeal also imposed long suspensions on those in charge of the Turin club: two and a half years for former sporting director Fabio Paratici, now at Tottenham, and two years for ex-president Andrea Agnelli, who officially resigned this week.

Here, too, the sanctions are stronger than the requisitions by the federal prosecutor Giuseppe Chinè. Juventus have an opportunity to challenge this sanction before the Italian Olympic Committee (Coni), severely damaging their chances of a place in the top four of Serie A and thus next season’s lucrative Champions League.

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When other clubs were initially prosecuted, in this case Juventus was always at the forefront, accused of significantly overstating the selling prices of certain players in order to artificially post inflated capital gains on their books.

Juve is also the subject of a court investigation into possible accounting fraud to artificially limit its losses on its balance sheets presented to investors. At the beginning of December, the Turin public prosecutor’s office requested the dismissal of Andrea Agnelli and eleven other ex-executives. This application must be examined at the end of March. Andrea Agnelli announced his resignation under legal pressure at the end of November. His successor in the presidency, Gianluca Ferrero, was officially inaugurated on Wednesday.