Bayern's Matthijs de Ligt is said to have testified against his ex-club in the Juventus cheating scandal.
This is reported by an Italian journalist and a sports newspaper.
We are talking about explosive WhatsApp chats.
Munich/Turin – FC Bayern does not come to rest: After the sacking of goalkeeping coach and Manuel Neuer intimate Toni Tapalovic and the Gnabry reprimand by sports director Hasan Salihamidzic, an explosive report reached Munich.
Matthijs de Ligt: Bayern star involved in Juve scandal?
This raises the question of whether and to what extent defense chief Matthijs de Ligt was involved in the fraud scandal involving his ex-employer Juventus Turin.
Because: According to the Italian journalist Paolo Ziliani, the 23-year-old Dutchman is said to have played a central role in the inquiries of the Turin public prosecutor's office.
This is reported by tz.de.
To explain: The public prosecutor's office in Turin had initiated investigations against a group of suspects from the environment of the Serie A club.
These people are accused of balance sheet falsification and share manipulation, allegedly they wanted to gloss over the financial situation of the Italian record champions.
At the center of the investigation are ex-club boss Andrea Agnelli (47 years old) and his former vice-president Pavel Nedved (50) and former managing director Maurizio Arrivabene (65).
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The Czech ex-soccer player Nedved (Juve, Lazio Rome) and sports official Arrivabene, who had previously been Formula 1 team boss at Scuderia Ferrari for more than four years, resigned from their posts, as did Agnelli.
According to prosecutors, Agnelli is said to have concealed losses of more than 200 million euros in recent years.
Juve, who have won the Scudetto 36 times to date, were already at the center of a manipulation scandal in 2005/2006, which led to their forced relegation to Serie B (2nd division).
Among other things, salaries were allegedly “paid out illegally” during the corona pandemic.
On the other hand, the authorities are said to have been pretended to waive the salaries, writes Ziliani, who researches on behalf of the serious investigative daily
Il Fatto Quotidiano
and publishes with it.
In this context, Bayern professional de Ligt is said to have submitted controversial WhatsApp messages to the public prosecutor.
"Two players, Matthijs de Ligt and Mattia de Sciglio, provided the judges with a copy of the WhatsApp chat in which Giorgio Chiellini explained the cheating to everyone and suggested not to mention it to journalists," Ziliani wrote on Twitter.
Matthijs de Ligt: Did the Bayern star pass on explosive WhatsApp in the Juve scandal?
Serious allegations against a hero of the Italian football nation: Chiellini won the European Championship in the summer of 2021 with the "Squadra Azzurra".
Corriere dello Sport
had already reported on the alleged WhatsApp chats by the then Juve player to his teammates at the
beginning of December.
According to this report, de Ligt and de Sciglio are said to have forwarded Chiellini's messages to the public prosecutor's office.
Per almeno un mese.
In questo campionato.
Forse già a breve.
E sì, lo so, non è una notizia di poco conto.
I media italiani tremano al pensiero di darla, ma forse è il caso di non fare gli schizzinosi: almeno si evitano svenimenti come per il -15 (1st segue) pic.twitter.com/435Kn6HUS5
— Paolo Ziliani (@ZZiliani) January 24, 2023
For at least a month," Ziliani wrote on Twitter about the players allegedly involved at the time and published an alleged list of footballers who were supposed to be involved via the short message service.
Among them is the name de Ligt, who was under contract with the "Old Lady" between 2019 and 2022.
According to Ziliani, numerous Juve players and ex-professionals are now allegedly threatened with a subsequent ban.
Juventus Turin: Italian record champions are accused of falsifying financial reports
Accordingly, they would have admitted illegal salary payments.
So far, there has been no confirmation from the Turin public prosecutor's office or from the players themselves. The European football association UEFA had also initiated formal investigations against Juventus Turin.
UEFA announced at the beginning of December that the reason for this was possible violations of the regulations, including financial fair play.
Just a few days ago, Juve were deducted 15 points in the current Serie A season after a ruling by the FIGC Court of Appeal for falsified financial reports.