Tottenham transfer chief Fabio Paratici has been handed a 30-month ban from Italian football for his involvement in Juventus’ alleged false accounting; Juventus handed 15-point deduction in Serie A for alleged financial irregularities
Saturday 21 January 2023 12:00, UK
Juventus have been deducted 15 Serie A points for alleged financial irregularities and false accounting, while Tottenham’s transfer chief Fabio Paratici has been handed a 30-month ban from Italian football for his involvement.
The two-and-a-half-year ban for Juve’s former sporting director Paratici, who is now managing director of football at Spurs, includes a request for an extension to cover UEFA and FIFA activities.
Sky Sports News has contacted Tottenham for comment in relation to the sanction handed out against Paratici – there is no suggestion he has done any wrongdoing while at Spurs.
The Italian national football federation’s (FIGC) decision means Juventus will plunge from third to 10th place in the Serie A table, outside the spots for European competition.
Juve indicated on Friday night that they are waiting for the written reasons behind the sanctions but will launch an appeal.
Their lawyers also suggested there had been “clearly unequal treatment” compared to any other clubs, with Sampdoria, Pro Vercelli, Genoa, Parma, Pisa, Empoli, Novara and Pescara all acquitted. They say they are “looking forward to carefully reading the written reasons” for the ruling.
The court also ruled that former Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli is to be banned from holding office in Italian football for 24 months.
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Former vice-president Pavel Nedved has been given an eight-month ban, while former chief executive Maurizio Arrivabene has also been hit with a ban.
Juventus have denied wrongdoing and said their accounting was in line with industry standards.
Prosecutors had previously recommended a nine-point deduction over the scandal, in which the club were alleged to have falsely inflated the value of players and misrepresented losses.
The officials involved – including Paratici – also intend to appeal the decision to CONI (Italian Olympic Committee).
CONI has the power to decide whether the decision is correct or not correct, and cannot reduce or change any of the sanctions.
Several Juventus players posted supportive messages for the club on Instagram, while Leonardo Bonucci posted a group photo of the team embraced on Twitter, saying: “We are with you. Today it is even more important to be a team. Forward on our path.”
The rulings come after the entire Juve board, including Agnelli, resigned in November.
The collective resignation came after Juve’s financial statements underwent scrutiny by prosecutors and Italian market regulator Consob last year for alleged false accounting and market manipulation.
Furthermore, Juve published an annual loss of £220m for last season – a record-breaking fee in the history of the club.
Juve’s next league game is at home to Atalanta on Sunday.
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Juventus: Serie A side docked 15 points as Tottenham's Fabio Paratici handed 30-month ban from Italian football – Sky Sports