The Old Lady close to collapsing?
Although the vast majority of eyes are on Qatar, the Italian media have plenty to do with their other favorite subject: Juve. Whereas the board suddenly resigned this Monday, ending Andrea Agnelli’s twelve-year presidency, the Turin team will certainly experience the next few turbulent months. Once again, the Old Lady is in the crosshairs of federal investigators. This Tuesday, the prosecutor of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced to open an investigation into the contracts and salaries of Turin players, in particular over the period 2020-2021.
Many files have already been transmitted by the Turin public prosecutor’s office which tend to prove the possible capital gains made by the (former) managers biancocelesti. In effect, the latter would have set up a fictitious reduction in salaries and costs over the period 2020-2021, allowing them to omit the debt to their players. As a reminder, last May, several Turin leaders (including Agnelli, Nedvěd, Paratici and Arrivabene) had already had the right to an investigation into these capital gains cases, but had finally been acquitted due to the legal impossibility of define an objective criterion for evaluating the market value of a player. The investigation, taken over by the FIGC and its prosecutor Giuseppe Chinè, could force Juve to heavy fines or, in the worst case, administrative relegation.
And this time, Massimiliano Allegri has nothing to be ashamed of.