Juventus docked 15 points in Serie A by Italian federation for false accounting

Juventus were hit with a 15-point penalty for false accounting on Friday following an appeal hearing at the Italian football federation.

The punishment could eliminate the club’s chances of playing in Europe next season. With 20 games left to play in this season, Juve were third in Serie A, 10 points adrift of the leaders Napoli, who beat them 5-1 last week. The points deduction would push them down into mid-table, outside the spots for European competition.

The ruling is tougher than a nine-point deduction a prosecutor had requested earlier on Friday during a hearing looking at the way Juventus, Italy’s most successful club, and a number of other teams dealt with player exchange deals.

The former Juventus president Andrea Agnelli was banned for two years from football activities and similarly long bans were handed out for other members of Juve’s former board, which resigned en masse in November following an investigation by Turin public prosecutors into alleged false…

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This article was written by Agencies and originally published on www.theguardian.com