Big drama in Italy: the Federal Court of the Football Association ruled this evening (Friday) on the maximum and most severe punishment against Juventus following its part in the capital gains affair: a reduction of 15 points in practice, and prison sentences for senior members of the club.
As I recall, about three months ago the management headed by Andrea Aignelli resigned surprisingly, and then the reasons became clear.
The main reason is the explosion of an affair related to the "inflating" of transfer amounts to keep the accounts balanced.
Also, Juventus is suspected of other financial offenses within the framework of the affair.
The early assessments spoke of the maximum penalty against Juventus being a reduction of 9 points in practice, but in the end it was decided to impose an even more severe penalty on the club.
Juventus intends to appeal the ruling and the deduction of points, but if the penalty remains, the team will drop to tenth place in Serie A, far from the leaders of the European leagues.
Juventus (Photo: Reuters)
In addition, senior officials at Juventus received prison terms.
2.5 years in prison were given to then professional manager Fabio Praticci, and general manager Andrea Agnelli received 2 years in prison. Pavel Nedved was sentenced to 8 months in prison. Other teams including Sampdoria, Empoli, Genoa, Pisa and Pescara who were involved in the case, are expected to receive lighter sentences .