- Juventus deducted initial 15 points
- Punishment reduced to 10 points
- Multiple ex-board members hit with bans
WHAT HAPPENED? Juventus have been punished for their involvement in another scandal. They were initially deducted 15 points in Serie A for 'financial irregularities' and 'false accounting' in relation to past transfer dealings. The ruling also came with bans for multiple ex-board members.
Former chairman and European Super League advocate, Andrea Agnelli, who stepped down last November, has been banned from holding office in Italian football for 24 months, while Pavel Nedved has been banned for eight months. Ex-sporting director Fabio Paratici has been banned for 30 months, but that suspension was partially reduced.
Juventus appealed the punishment and the points were temporarily restored, but a new deduction was announced on May 22, with the Turin side losing 10 points this time around.
WHY HAVE JUVENTUS BEEN DOCKED POINTS? Unlike the 'Calciopoli' scandal, which saw Juventus relegated and stripped of two Serie A titles back in 2006, this is related to the Old Lady's finances and Plusvalenza (capital gains), not bribing officials.
Plusvalenza is essentially the profit made from the sale of a player from one club to another. Italian prosecutors took umbrage with several of Juventus' dealings, including the now-infamous swap deal with Barcelona involving midfieldersArthur and Miralem Pjanic.
Of the 62 transfers investigated, 42 of them involved Juventus. Other clubs under investigation, Sampdoria, Pro Vercelli, Genoa, Parma, Pisa, Empoli, Novara and Pescara - have all been acquitted.
The club are also being looked at for claiming to have saved €90 million (£78m/$97m) thanks to wage reductions back in 2020 due to COVID-19.
WHAT THEY SAID: Juventus denied any wrongdoing after the initial punishment was announced, saying in a press release: "The Company awaits the publication of the reasons and announces as of now the appeal to the Sports Guarantee College in terms of the Sports Justice Code."
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THE BIGGER PICTURE: The new 10-point deduction sees Juventus drop down to seventh Serie A. However, they could still qualify to compete in Europe if results go their way in their final two matches of the season.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR JUVENTUS?: Massimiliano Allegri now has the unenviable task of rallying his players in order to save their season. After Monday's game against Empoli, they take on AC Milan on Sunday in the last game of the season.