Juventus gets points back pending new trial
Rome, Apr 20 (EFE).- Italy’s highest sports tribunal ruled Thursday in favor of Juventus’ appeal against the soccer federation’s decision to deduct 15 points from the Bianconeri over allegations of financial misdeeds that the club denies.
The Italian Olympic Committee panel sent the case back to the soccer federation (FIGC) for a second trial that is unlikely to conclude before the end of the 2022-2023 season.
With the ruling, Juve vault from seventh to third in Serie A with 59 points, 2 behind Lazio and 3 points better than AS Roma with eight matches left to play.
AC Milan and Inter Milan, set to face other next month in a Champions League semifinal, fall to fifth and sixth in the table, respectively.
Italian commentators suggested that the FIGC will ultimately reduce the sanction to 9 points, which was the original recommendation of the prosecutor in the case.
Besides suspending the points deduction, the panel set aside the sporting bans imposed on Juventus executives Pavel Nedved, Paolo Garimberti, and Enrico Vellano.
But the panel let stand the two-year ban for former club president Andrea Agnelli and the 30-month exclusion of Fabio Paratici, who was member of the Juve board at the time of the alleged wrongdoing and stepped down last month as sporting director of Tottenham Hotspur.
News of the favorable ruling came as Juve prepared to face Sporting Lisbon in the second leg of their Europa League quarterfinal.
The Bianconeri lead the tie 1-0 after the first leg in Turin.