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Soccer News of Tuesday, 23 May 2023


Inside story of why Juventus were handed a staggering 10 point deduction in Serie A

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They dropped abruptly from second position to seventh, and will no longer have a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League.

On Monday night, May 22, the Old Lady were handed a 10-point deduction by the appeals court of the Italian Football Federation.

It was discovered that the club made false accounting calculations in their transfer dealings, and pieces of evidence were later found.

Juventus were second on the log and were Champions League-bound. However, they have now dropped to seventh and will not play European football next season, Sky Sports reports.

How it all happened

In January, Juve were docked 15 points and several club board members were handed bans from football activities, including former president, Andrea Agnelli.

The club approached the Italian Olympic Committee, the country's highest sports court, and the 15-point deduction was suspended last month.

The Olympic Committee ordered a retrial and referred it back to the football federation’s appeals court.

Re-trial at appeals court

There was a tense three-hour hearing on Monday. Guiseppe Chine, the federation prosecutor, requested that 11 points be deducted from Juventus.

He also asked that the club be suspended for eight months. In January, he had requested a nine-month suspension for the club.

More so, Chine wanted eight-month bans for seven former Juventus directors, including Pavel Nedved, but they were cleared on Monday. Agnelli and three others had their appeals rejected last month.

Mass resignation at Juve

In November 2022, several club board members tendered their resignations, as they were being investigated by public prosecutors in Turin over alleged false bookkeeping.