Juventus will plummet from third place in Serie A to a woeful tenth place, after Italian football’s governing body has docked them 15 points following an investigation into the club’s finances. Juventus’ president Andrea Agnelli and vice-president Pavel Nedved resigned in November, with the reason widely speculated to be due to financial investigations.
Juventus have issued a statement denying any wrongdoing, and have added that they will appeal the decision. The FIGC’s sanction is much harsher than the deduction originally requested by the prosecutors, who had asked for the club to be docked nine points.
The sanctions also apply to eleven individuals who are, or have been, involved with the club over the past years. The FIGC have confirmed that they have also asked UEFA and FIFA to uphold the same sanctions, meaning the punishment will apply globally – rather than just domestically in Italy.
In April 2022, the club were acquitted of any financial wrongdoing – but the case was reopened by federal prosecutors in December, after investigators in Turin found new evidence of legal breaches. During Agnelli’s 13-year leadership, i Bianconeri won nine consecutive Serie A titles – but a fourth place finish last season was accompanied by a record £220m loss that saw the club’s future cast into doubt.