Juventus has been docked 10 points for the current Serie A season after a new ruling by an Italian football court in a case centered on the club’s transfer dealings.
The punishment, followed swiftly by a 4-1 defeat by Empoli on Monday evening, leaves Italy’s most successful club in seventh place in Serie A, outside of the places for European competition qualification.
The Italian football federation’s appeals court imposed the punishment after being asked to review a 15-point penalty handed down in the same case in January.
Juventus said it would await details of Monday’s decision before deciding whether to make a further appeal.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
Juventus faces scrutiny of how the club accounted for capital gains -- “plusvalenza” in Italian -- on transfer transactions, notably player exchanges.
In short, clubs can book income immediately from players they offload while the fee for incoming transfers can be spread over the life of a contract. That creates the scope to flatter the accounts in the short term by inflating the value assigned to players leaving a club.
Juventus has denied wrongdoing and say that its accounts are in line with soccer industry practice.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Juventus faces potential further punishment in a second sports trial linked to its accounts.
The FIGC has ordered that trial for alleged irregularities in the club’s payments to players as well as undue relationships with player’s agents and other clubs.
That case is due to be held on June 15, Italian news agency ANSA reported, after the end of the current Serie A season.
WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS?
Juventus has only two league matches left to play so a place in the top four and a spot in next season’s Champions League appears out of reach.
Its ongoing legal battles with the soccer authorities mean it could face further points deductions either relating to the 2022-23 season, or the next season.
Juve earned 78 million euros ($85.86 million) in 2021-22 from Champions League media rights when it was eliminated in the last 16. Absence from the competition would also make it harder to recruit and retain top European players.
DON’T JUVENTUS HAVE OTHER LEGAL ISSUES?
A judge in Turin has begun hearings to decide on a request from public prosecutors for 12 people, including former Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, and the club itself to stand trial.
The UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) opened a formal investigation into Juventus for potential breaches of the Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play rules, European football’s governing body said in December.
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