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Juventus have been handed a -15 points deduction following an investigation into the club's transfer dealings and an alleged use of falsified capital gains.
As a result the Serie A giants, who are currently third in the league, are set to tumble down to 10th should the deduction be applied this season, following the Italian Football Federation [FIGC] ruling this week.
An investigation was opened last year regarding the club's finances with it being claimed that their losses had been misrepresented between 2018 and 2020.
Juventus denied any wrongdoing but the Federal Court of the FIGC has found them guilty and slapped them with a huge points deduction. Written reasons from the FIGC will be published within the next days, whilst Juventus have 30 days to lodge a further appeal
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A statement from the FIGC confirmed the punishment in a statement that read: "The Federal Court of Appeal presided over by Mario Luigi Torsello has partially accepted the appeal of the Federal Prosecutor's Office sanctioning Juventus with 15 penalty points to be served in the current football season."
Punishments have also been handed out to 11 former Juventus executives, including ex-president Andrea Agnelli (who has been banned from Italian football for 24 months), football icon Pavel Nedved (eight months) and current Tottenham managing director Fabio Paratici (for 30 months).
Paratici's ban does not apply to English football, but there is a pending request to extend the punishment to all UEFA and FIFA remits, which if granted, would force the Italian to leave his current role at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
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In November, every member of Juventus' board resigned on the same day, shortly after the club announced record losses of €254.3million (£220m) for the 2021/22 season.
It comes 17 years after the infamous Calciopoli match fixing scandal was uncovered, which saw Juventus relegated to Serie B and stripped of two league titles.
The club have had something of a mixed season so far. Following back-to-back fourth-place finishes, Massimiliano Allegri's side mounted a title challenge, but Friday's 5-1 defeat to league-leaders Napoli left them 10 points off the top.
They've been eliminated from the Champions League too, after finishing behind PSG and Benfica in their group.
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