Juventus have been docked 15 Serie A points for purported accounting errors and financial irregularities, while Tottenham’s head of transfers Fabio Paratici has been given a 30-month suspension from Italian football as punishment.
The two-and-a-half-year suspension for the former sports director of Juventus, Paratici, who is currently managing director of football at Spurs, also includes a request for an extension to encompass UEFA and FIFA activities.
Juventus will drop from third to tenth in the Serie A table as a result of the Italian national football federation’s (FIGC) decision, leaving them outside of the berths for European participation.
Juve stated on Friday night that they will file an appeal as they await the written justifications for the sanctions.
Their attorneys further argued that because Sampdoria, Pro Vercelli, Genoa, Parma, Pisa, Empoli, Novara, and Pescara were all found not guilty, there had been “clearly unequal treatment” in comparison to any other clubs.
In response to the decision, they stated that they “look forward to carefully reading the written reasons.”
Andrea Agnelli, the former chairman of Juventus, will be prohibited from holding office in Italian football for 24 months.
Former chief executive Maurizio Arrivabene and former vice president Pavel Nedved both received eight-month suspensions.
Juventus has asserted that its accounting complied with industry norms and denied any misconduct.
Attorneys had earlier suggested a nine-point reduction due to the incident, in which the club was accused of inflating player values and hiding losses.
The involved authorities, including Paratici, also want to appeal the ruling to CONI (Italian Olympic Committee).
CONI has the authority to determine whether the decision was made correctly or incorrectly, but it is not permitted to lessen or modify any of the punishments.
Several Juventus players expressed their support for the team on Instagram, while Leonardo Bonucci tweeted a picture of the team hugging in a group and said: “We are with you. Today it is even more important to be a team. Forward on our path.”
Following Agnelli’s resignation from the Juve board in November, the decisions have been made.
Juve’s financial statements were investigated by Italian market regulator Consob and Italian prosecutors last year for alleged incorrect accounting and market manipulation, which led to the collective resignation.
Juve also disclosed an annual deficit of £220 million for the previous campaign, setting a new club record.
Atalanta will visit Juventus for their following league encounter on Sunday.
Reactions From Juventus Players Both Current And Past
Some of Juventu’s former and present players have taken to their social media accounts to show solidarity with the team.
Below are reactions from both old and current players: