Juventus were sitting on the second place after the champions Napoli, with 69 points, and was well on course to secure a spot in next season’s Champions League. But, their European elite dream was shattered when they were handed a 10-point ban by an Italian court looking after their transfer dealings case.
Juventus drops from Champions League spot after 10-point deduction
They were on 69 points, sitting comfortably on the second position, but as it stands now, they are on the seventh spot, and five points off the European qualification. This heartbreaking decision arrived just before their kick-off against Empoli. This announcement might influence them, as they came crashing down to a 1-4 defeat which halted their three-game winning streak.
Several portfolios banned
On a three-hour hearing on Monday, federation prosecutor Giuseppe Chine had asked for a 11-point deduction for Juventus. Along with that, he also requested the court for banning several former directors of the club, including Pavel Nedved, but were rejected by the Federal Court of Appeals. The former Juve legendary winger, along with other portfolios had resigned in November, following mass allegations amid transfer scandal.
However, Fabio Paratici, former Tottenham director was not cleared due to his worldwide football ban linked to this scandal.
An official announcement read, “The Federal Court of Appeals hereby absolves Pavel Nedved, Paolo Garimberti, Assia Grazioli Venier, Caitlin Mary Hughes, Daniela Marilungo, Francesco Roncaglio, and Enrico Vellano from the alleged offences and imposes a 10-point deduction on Juventus in the standings, to be applied for the current season.”
Previously, in January, Juventus was docked 15 points for financial irregularities and breaches, which was later lifted.
“Reserves the right to read the reasons”
Juventus had released an official statement which read, “Juventus Football Club takes note of what was decided by the FIGC Court of Appeal and reserves the right to read the reasons to evaluate a possible appeal to the Guarantee Board at CONI.”
It also continued, “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 seem to take into account the principle of proportionality.”