An investigation that led to Juventus' offices being raided could lead to the club being forcibly demoted for the second time in 15 years and stripped of their last league title, it has been warned.
An Italian watchdog is probing the Serie A side as part of a false accounting investigation, looking into a total of 42 transfers between 2019 and 2021, including that of Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Cancelo, Danilo, and Arthur.
If found guilty, it has been warned the Old Lady could once again be pushed down to Serie B, while the Scudetto they won in the 2019/20 season under Maurizio Sarri and could be stripped.
It is alleged that Juve had inflated their players’ values in their accounts.
Club officials Andrea Agnelli, Pavel Nedved, and Fabio Paratici, now with Tottenham , are said to be cooperating with CODACONS, the Italian association for consumer rights who are leading the investigation.
The body believes automatic demotion to the Italian second tier should be the outcome if the club is indeed found to be guilty.
President Marco Donzelli said, as per Football Italia, said: “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 the market competition will have to intervene and sanction those responsible.
"Beyond individual responsibilities, the club will not be exempt from punishment," he continued.
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"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."
The Old Lady were relegated to Serie B in 2006 due to their involvement in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal.
They were stripped of their title in the 2004/05 season and began their season in Serie B in 2006/07 with a nine-point deduction, though they still earned promotion.
On Saturday, Juve provided a statement and said that they had acted within the confines of the law.
The statement read: “As necessary, Juventus are collaborating with the investigators and with Consob and is confident that it will clarify every aspect of interest to them, believing that it has operated in compliance with the laws and regulations governing the preparation of financial reports, in compliance with accounting principles and in line with international football industry practice and market conditions.”
In on-the-pitch matters, Massimiliano Allegri’s men have endured a poor start to the season, sitting eighth in the league table, while their recent Champions League loss to Chelsea – a 4-0 thrashing at Stamford Bridge – was their heaviest defeat in the competition.
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