In what is major news for the world of football, Juventus have been slapped with a 10-point deduction in Seria A by the Italian court after unearthing findings of the club's transfer dealings. Prior to the new ruling, Juventus were on 69 points, and they were playing second just behind Napoli.
They plunged to seventh place after the penalty has been placed. They are now five points behind in getting a place in the Champions League. The decision came to light when Juventus played a game at Empoli. They were already handed a devastating blow before the game. Then they also lost the game 4-1 which made matters worse for them.
This result which came after the punishment was meted out which put their hopes of making it to the top 4 in Seria A in jeopardy. In a long hearing which lasted for three hours, the Federation Prosecutor Giuseppe Chine was of the opinion that Juventus should be slapped with an 11-point penalty. He has asked for a 9-point penalty in February. Chine also emphisised that the former Juventus directors get eight-month bans.
The club has never shied away from the proceedings -Juventus
The clubs board had handed a slew of resignations amidst the allegations. An official ruling 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." Juventus in February was handed 15-point penalty over financial irregularities but the ban later elapsed.
This is what the official ruling said "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."
"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 penalised with the application of sanctions that seem to take into account the principle of proportionality. Juventus further stated.
"While not ignoring the need for urgency, which Juventus has never shied away from during the proceedings, it is emphasised that these are facts that still have to be evaluated by a judge." Juventus further added.
Let us take a look at the reactions on Twitter:
Come to barca chiesa, you will love it here 💙❤️— ITF 21 (@2023Itf) May 22, 2023
Serie A might actually be the worst league to exist lol— David (@SameDoppler_14) May 22, 2023
That's Champions League gone from 69 points to 59 with 3 games to go— Rescue (@Gravanz) May 22, 2023
Again???? What's really going on with Serie Ā and Juventus???— ABDULQADIR Mudathir Remilekun (@mario99amr29) May 22, 2023
Professional league pic.twitter.com/9UK4ZYOXkd— Hernán buho🟥⬜ (@hernanbuho3) May 22, 2023
Vlahovic right now pic.twitter.com/iuNpXCnRqY— Mr. Cruze AFC 👩🍳 (@godspowerdomin) May 22, 2023
Thus league is a joke in terms of the Italian Government body that handles serie A— Richard Adu (@Kaido4231) May 22, 2023
Shocking season … pogba didn’t waste time doing the juju— GSS (@GavinSunder) May 22, 2023
They still stand the chance to play UCL.— 𝐽𝑜𝑠𝒉 (@thejoshad) May 22, 2023
They NEED to win remaining games. pic.twitter.com/a6RhOq0NvM
Even if Man City were to be handed 10 points deduction in EPL it will still win the league— Dereje (@Cyz117) May 22, 2023