Juventus News: The Bianconeri could face a ban from European football after UEFA received documents from the Turin prosecutor about Juve’s criminal charges with ex-directors
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Italian Serie A powerhouse Juventus is in a perilous position since they might receive a European suspension and a huge multimillion-euro punishment. These possible consequences are the result of an ongoing UEFA investigation, which has gained important records from the Turin Prosecutor on the “Prisma” criminal inquiry. Juventus and a number of previous club executives, including ex-President Andrea Agnelli, are accused in the investigation.
Although Juventus is willing to talk about a plea deal, this stage is not anticipated to start until the UEFA investigation is over. The club has the option of accepting or rejecting the judge’s proposed conditions, and they may even forward their own terms for discussion.
Juventus is still optimistic that the problem can be resolved through talks with UEFA despite the current developments, especially in light of their recent exit from the contentious European Super League in June. However, if the ongoing investigation reveals any tampering with the club’s balance books, the club’s prior settlement agreement with UEFA, which allowed them to pay a lower fine of €3 million instead of €23 million, may be reviewed.
Failure to fulfill the financial targets might result in a significant fine rise from €4 million to €23 million, according to reporting by La Gazzetta dello Sport. Additionally, if the judge deems Juventus’ alleged misconduct to be “serious,” discussions with the club may be completely forgone, and a punitive decision may be made instead.
Should discussions regarding a plea bargain materialize, Juventus would not directly request exclusion from the 2023-24 Conference League. The club would, however, accept such a scenario if it were provided by the judge and forgo filing an appeal. In contrast, The Bianconeri would submit an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the case of a prolonged European suspension, hoping to receive a decision by early August, a vital time for UEFA to complete the list of clubs competing in European events.
Beyond Juventus alone, a European ban may have far-reaching effects. If Juventus were to be kicked out of the 2023–24 Conference League, Fiorentina would probably take their place because they finished second to the Turin-based team in Serie A last season.