In a recent decision, an Italian court looking into the club’s transfer activities docked Juventus 10 points.
Juventus were in second place behind the Serie A champions Napoli with 69 points prior to the new rule’s implementation.
In view of this new development, Juventus are currently in seventh place and five points outside of a Champions League spot as a result. The decision was made shortly before the team’s Monday night game against
Empoli, and maybe as a result of the revelation, Juventus’ three-game winning streak was quickly snapped by their mid-table opponents by a 4-1 defeat. Due to that defeat and the new punishments, their prospects of finishing in the top four are all but gone.
“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 penalized with the application of sanctions that do not seem to take into account the principle of proportionality,” Juventus added.
“While not ignoring the need for urgency, which Juventus has never shied away from during the proceedings, it is emphasized that these are facts that still have to be evaluated by a judge.”
Max Allegri’s side was handed a 15-point penalty in January while several members of Juventus’ former board were also given bans from soccer activities, including former president Andrea Agnelli.
The Italian Olympic Committee’s top sports court upheld the appeal last month, suspending the points deduction and remanding the case for further consideration to the soccer federation’s appeals court.