Juventus were hit with a 15-point deduction in February for artificially inflating transfer fees in an attempt to increase their capital gains. The club appealed and the 15 points were returned to the table. However, the Bianconeri will not miss the penalty anyway. What is the situation?
The situation in the Serie A is a mess. With the exception of the champion and the first relegation, nothing has been decided. In particular, there is a big fight for the Champions League places and the European Cups in general.
Strangely enough, Juventus are in it too. The latter even holds second place and has a five-point lead over fifth-placed AC Milan with four rounds to go. Yet until relatively recently, things were not looking good for the Bianconeri.
In February, Juventus faced the penalty of a 15-point deduction, which pushed them to the middle of the table. In addition, some members of the management were stopped when the club tried to increase its capital gains in a dishonest way.
However, as soon as it was possible, the Bianconeri appealed against the punishment and succeeded, at least temporarily, in their appeal, when the 15 points were returned to them. But that may not mean anything yet.
In fact, according to Football-Italia, there is little doubt that Juventus did not act fairly. Rather, it is the amount of the penalty that is being discussed. Originally, only 9 points were to be deducted from the club’s tally and it is to be expected that this is the penalty that will now be given.
The verdict is expected to be handed down within a month, which should still affect how Juventus finish in the Serie A table this season. Again, however, it is expected that the club will appeal for the penalty to be applied to the next season, not the current one.
If Juventus were to be deducted 9 points for this season, it could be a financial problem for the club. The fight for the Champions League would be very difficult. In the current situation, it would drop them to seventh place, 6 points behind the top four.
Source: Football-Italia, Serie A
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