Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Juventus loses 10 points and will miss the Champions League

Juventus received a new 10-point suspension on Monday that compromises their claims to qualify for the next Champions League.

The latest punishment for false accounting dropped La Vecchia Signora from second to seventh place in Serie A.

The Bianconeri were five points behind Milan, which jumped to fourth place in the Italian league that awards the last ticket to Europe’s top club tournament.

Juventus visited modest Empoli on Monday. Two days remain, including a match against Milan.

The Turin club received a 15-point penalty in January. Several members of its previous board of directors were banned from exercising functions in football, including former president Andrea Agnelli.

The removal of points had been suspended last month after an appeal to the country’s highest sports body, which exercises within the Italian Olympic Committee, and returned the case to the federation’s appeals body for a new trial.

The same was done on Monday. During a three-hour hearing, federation prosecutor Giuseppe Chiné called for an 11-point penalty for Juventus. He had requested a nine-unit penalty in January.

Chiné also requested eight-month suspensions for seven club officials, including Pavel Nedved, but all were acquitted on Monday. Appeals by Agnelli and three other executives were rejected last month.

Juve’s board of directors resigned en masse last November following an investigation by prosecutors in Turin into irregular handling of their accounts.

The trial in a sports instance was reopened and was supported with information provided by the Turin prosecutors, resulting in a reduction of points. Juve had been exempted by the sports court last April.

Prosecutors in Turin accused the club, Agnelli and 11 others of false communication by a company registered to trade on the Milan stock exchange, obstruction of financial watchdog agencies, false accounting and stock market manipulation.

Juve’s legal troubles worsened last week after the Italian federation also charged the club and seven officials with alleged fraud in handling wage cuts during the coronavirus pandemic.


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