Juventus will have to stand a sport trial for alleged irregularities in the club’s payments and undue relationships with players’ agents and other clubs in latest hammer blow to the Serie A side
- The club have been engulfed in controversies for months and that is continuing
- They recently had a points deduction in Serie A revoked for off-the-field issues
- The new sports trial could cost more points deductions or other punishments
Italy’s football association (FIGC) said on Friday Juventus would have to stand a sport trial for alleged irregularities in the club’s payments to players as well as undue relationships with players’ agents and other clubs.
The new sports trial, which could cost further sporting penalties, including more points deductions, adds to a separate one the club are already facing, for which a new ruling is expected on Monday.
As part of the ongoing case, centred on the club’s transfer dealings, Juventus were given a 15 point penalty in January which was later scrapped by Italy’s top sports body ordering soccer authorities to hold a new hearing.
With three games left to play this season, Juve are second in Serie A with 69 points, behind champions Napoli. Any points deduction could push Juve, Italy’s most successful club, out of the qualifying spots for lucrative European competitions.
The club have been engulfed in controversy for a number of months, with Italy’s Sports Guarantee Board formerly ruling that former Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli be banned from holding office in Italian football for 24 months.
Juventus are set to stand a sport trial for alleged irregularities in the club’s payments and allegedly holding undue relationships with players’ agents and other clubs
The club have been engulfed in controversy for a number of months and recently had a points deduction revoked
It also decided on a 30-month ban for Juventus’s former sports director, Fabio Paratici, who stepped down from his role of managing director of football at Premier League club Tottenham.
Juventus are also threatened by UEFA’s Financial Fair Play sanctions. In September 2022, Juventus were fined ££3.1million for violating FFP rules and they agreed to various terms to avoid paying a further £17.3million.
This settlement was based off balance sheets provided by Juventus, the same documents now at the centre of the investigations by the Turin Prosecutor’s Office and the IFIGC.
The club has already had to pay out substantial feed after issues with Financial Fair Play
As part of the new sport trial ordered against Juve, which also involves Agnelli, FIGC prosecutors allege that they agreed to pay players back most of their COVID-19 related wage cuts without properly accounting for it.
Juventus, who earlier said they had ‘correctly applied the relevant international accounting standards’, on Friday declined to make further comments.
FIGC said on Friday the other teams with who Juventus were allegedly holding undue relationships are Sampdoria, Atalanta, Sassuolo, Udinese, Bologna and Cagliari but added that they were still being investigated.
On the field, the club were knocked out of the Europa League at the semi-final stage on Thursday after an aggregate defeat to Sevilla.
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