Italian big club Juventus Turin has been experiencing a real nightmare in recent days. First, they were knocked out of the Europa League, then they were hit with a ten-point penalty for falsifying their accounts and, most recently, they were embarrassed by Empoli with a 4-1 defeat.
A real nightmare. That is what Italian giant Juventus has been experiencing in recent days, facing a ten-point deduction on Monday for breaching Article 4 – covering fair play and sporting integrity – as a result of falsifying accounts.
It should be added, Juventus was originally given this punishment back in February. However, at that time it was a 15-point penalty. Subsequently, however, the Turin side succeeded in their appeal and the points were reinstated. In addition, some members of the management were given the sticks when the club tried to increase its capital gains in a dishonest way.
However, after the appeal and the successful return of the points, the Court of Appeal dealt with the infringement of the rules, specifically the aforementioned article. And it upheld the ten point deduction in the last few hours. But that is far from all.
As already reported by the Italian well-known news server La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian Football Federation’s Sport Court (FIGC) will in fact deal with one more issue in a new trial that will take place on 15 June.
Specifically, it will concern salary manoeuvres, partnerships with other clubs and relations with agents. Juventus’ first request for a plea bargain was rejected.
Anyway, according to Gazzetta, the representatives of the Old Lady still have the opportunity to negotiate with the federal prosecutor before that trial takes place.
The Bianconeri dropped to seventh place in the Serie A table as a result of the ten-point deduction penalty. With 59 points, they are 5 points behind the fourth and final position, which will ensure their participation in the Champions League for next season.
In addition, the Old Lady lost important points in Monday’s match at Empoli, when they ignominiously lost 1:4 to their opponents. And to make matters worse, Juventus recently crashed out of the Europa League semi-finals, losing to Sevilla in extra time.
Moreover, the FIGC may punish the Turin club once more for the aforementioned salary manoeuvres. It remains to be seen whether Juventus will be given a new points penalty and whether it will apply to the current season or to the 2023-24 season.
Serie A must confirm the table for the current season by June 30, and any appeal by Juventus would likely exceed that date. Needless to say, while Juventus can appeal against the ten point deduction, given the breach of Article 4, it is highly unlikely that they would succeed a second time.
Sources: La Gazzetta dello Sport, Football Italia
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