Juventus are embroiled in another scandal, 15 years on from the last, with the potential for the same consequence.
Relegation from the Italian top flight.
Case opened into dodgy dealings
As per Goal.com, the Turin outfit had their headquarters raided by officials on Friday. Indeed, the report confirms that the club are “under investigation for false accounting”, involving transfer and agent fees between 2019 and 2021.
— Mirko Di Natale (@_Morik92_) November 27, 2021
These include the deal that saw Miralem Pjanic and Arthur effectively swapped between Barcelona and Juventus, as well as the deal that saw Joao Cancelo join Manchester City and Danilo head the other way.
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 27, 2021
The club released a statement on the situation, saying:
“Juventus Football Club S.p.A. (“Juventus” or the “Company”) acknowledges that the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Court of Turin has started investigations against the Company and some of its current officers (Andrea Agnelli, Pavel Nedved and Stefano Cerrato) and former officers concerning item “Revenues from players’ registration rights,”
“The Company is cooperating with the investigators and with CONSOB and trusts that it will clarify any aspect of interest to it as it believes to have acted in compliance with the laws and regulations governing the preparation of financial reports, in accordance with accounting principles and in line with the international practice in the football industry and market conditions.”
It could make his way to England as well, with Gazetto Della Sport revealing:
Juventus President Andrea Agnelli, Vice-President Pavel Nedved and former sporting director Fabio Paratici, now at Tottenham Hotspur, are under investigation for false accounting and movement of €50m in the capital gains case.
[Quote Via Football Italia].
The potential of dire consquences
Now, as per the Italian association for the protection of consumer rights, CODACONS, who spoke to Football Italia, the consequences could be severe should they be found guilty.
President Marco Donzelli claimed:
“The accusatory system is very serious and throws a sinister light on the last football championships, also because there has been a real Juventus dominance in recent years, which ended in the past year,”
“If Juventus were to have illegitimately gained an advantage over rival clubs with operations of this type, then the regularity of the last football championships would fail and, as a consequence, the Federation and the Authority for market competition will have to intervene and sanction those responsible.
“Beyond individual responsibilities, the club will not be exempt from punishment. For this reason and to protect thousands of fans, we will present a complaint to the Antitrust and the Federal Prosecutor’s Office asking for the relegation to Serie B for Juventus and the revocation of the last league titles won in the shadow of these potentially illegal operations.”
Would this mark the end of Juve, or would they bounce back as they did in 2006?
This article was edited by Josh Barker.