Why were Juventus docked points and what happens subsequent? | Football News

Italy’s most profitable soccer membership is as soon as once more mired in scandal.

Juventus, the 36-time winners of Serie A, have dropped all the way down to ninth place after being docked 15 points following a probe into the membership’s previous switch dealings.

The Turin membership now sits 27 points adrift of leaders Napoli. They had been in third place, 10 points off the highest spot, earlier than the penalty was utilized on Friday.

The controversy comes lower than 20 years after they were embroiled in a match-fixing saga that noticed them closely fined, stripped of titles and relegated from Italian soccer’s prime tier in 2006.

Here’s what you must know concerning the newest scandal:

Why were Juventus docked points?

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) introduced on Friday night that Juventus had been deducted 15 points for “monetary irregularities” and “false accounting” in relation to historic switch dealings – the change of gamers between golf equipment.

The membership stands accused of pumping up its stability sheet by intentionally inflating participant valuations throughout transfers with a purpose to increase “capital positive factors”.

Balancing the books has taken on larger significance in recent times following the introduction of Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules by UEFA, European soccer’s governing physique.

The FIGC’s prosecutor, Giuseppe Chiné, had requested a nine-point penalty be utilized. The federation is because of publish the rationale for its ruling inside the subsequent 10 days.

Juventus has denied any wrongdoing and indicated it is going to attraction in opposition to the FIGC’s ruling [File: Massimo Pinca/Reuters]

Were different penalties imposed?

As nicely because the points deduction, the FIGC additionally handed out bans to 11 former and present Juventus executives, stopping them from holding workplace in Italian soccer.

The longest single ban – totaling 30 months – was imposed on former Juventus sporting director and present Tottenham managing director Fabio Paratici.

Former president Andrea Agnelli was handed a 24-month suspension, whereas vice chairman Pavel Nedved obtained an eight-month ban. Both were former members of the membership’s board of administrators, which resigned en masse in November in response to the probe into the membership’s bookkeeping.

The FIGC has requested that the bans it has imposed be prolonged to “UEFA and FIFA actions” – a transfer which, if utilized, would imply the people sanctioned are additionally prohibited from working in soccer outdoors of Italy.

What did Juventus say?

Juventus have strongly denied any wrongdoing.

The membership introduced it is going to launch an attraction in opposition to the FIGC’s ruling – as soon as the explanations for the choice have been revealed – to the Sport Guarantee Board of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), Italy’s highest sporting court docket.

Lawyers for the membership mentioned the federation’s sanctions “represent a transparent disparity of remedy in opposition to Juventus and its managers in comparison with another firm or member”.

“We think about this to be a blatant injustice additionally for tens of millions of followers, which we belief will quickly be remedied within the subsequent court docket,” the attorneys mentioned in a press release.

Are different golf equipment concerned?

Not because it stands.

Juventus, 10 different golf equipment – together with Napoli and Sampdoria – and 59 executives were acquitted of any wrongdoing in April final 12 months following an accounting investigation.

The probe was reopened in December following an attraction, with 9 of the unique 11 golf equipment and 52 executives all topic to renewed scrutiny.

That got here after new proof regarding Juventus’ funds emerged from a separate investigation involving prosecutors in Turin and the membership.

This time 9 golf equipment were investigated, and Juventus was discovered responsible of monetary malpractice. The different eight golf equipment – Empoli, Genoa, Novara, Parma, Pescara, Pisa, Pro Vercelli, and Sampdoria – were acquitted, once more.

What happens subsequent?

While Juventus prepares for what could possibly be a protracted authorized battle forward, Italy’s most storied soccer membership can also be desperately making an attempt to salvage what has been a largely unimpressive season on the pitch.

The workforce has already been knocked out of the Champions League and the points deduction leaves them in severe hazard of lacking out on a spot in Serie A’s prime 4, which might safe the aspect a spot in European soccer’s premier membership competitors subsequent 12 months.

The Old Lady, as Juventus are generally identified, at the moment sits 14 points behind fourth-placed Roma.

Failure to qualify for the Champions League would have main financial penalties for the membership and, mixed with this newest scandal, might probably spark an exodus of the workforce’s most gifted gamers.

Against this backdrop, Juventus are additionally the topic of a authorized probe by the general public prosecutor’s workplace in Turin into wage funds in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and a UEFA investigation into potential breaches of the governing physique’s membership licensing and FFP rules.

The UEFA probe might in the end see Juventus banned from taking part within the Champions League or the lesser European membership competitions – the Europa League and Conference League – no matter their closing place in Serie A.

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