Serie A giants Juventus have been slapped with a 10-point penalty following an Italian court’s order for false accounting in the club’s transfer dealings. The 10 points deduction dropped Juventus from second to seventh position in the Serie A table.
Following the announcement, Juventus in a statement said, “What was established by the fifth instance of judgment in this matter, which began more than a year ago, arouses great bitterness in the club and in its millions of supporters who, in the absence of clear rules, find themselves extremely penalized with the application of sanctions that do not seem to take into account the principle of proportionality.”
The club further added, “While not ignoring the need for urgency, which Juventus has never shied away from during the proceedings, it is emphasized that these are facts that still have to be evaluated by a judge.”
The Massimiliano Allegri-led side was handed a 15-point penalty in January while several members of Juventus’ former board were also given bans from soccer activities, including former president Andrea Agnelli. However, the decision was reversed on an appeal to the country’s highest sports court within the Italian Olympic Committee, and referred back to the soccer federation’s appeals court for a new trial.
The fresh trial happened yesterday as federation prosecutor Giuseppe Chine requested an 11-point penalty for Juventus. Chine also requested eight-month bans for seven former Juventus directors, including Pavel Nedvěd, but they were cleared.
The decision had an irreversible impact on the Bianconeri as the club lost 4-1 against Empoli, a club that is placed 14th on the points table. Juventus are currently placed seventh in the Serie A table. The club has 59 points from 36 games and is currently out of contention for the Champions League.