Juventus linked to federal investigation into Serie A transfers
Juventus linked to federal investigation
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are potentially in another spot of bother on the legal front in Italy after La Vecchia Signora have been linked with a federal investigation into Serie A transfer deals.
According to ESPN, the Federal Prosecutor has begun to look into the possibility of Italian clubs inflating player valuations in order to help other clubs balance their financial books.
ESPN cited Italian outlets La Repubblica and Il Tempo that the report referenced the flagging of dealings involving 62-players between 2019-2021m, while they also cite Gazzetta Dello Sport claiming that Juventus were directly linked with 42 of the 62 player deals.
An Italian Football Federation official told Reuters that a federal investigation has opened in Italy into a number of transfers in Serie A, with Juventus under increased scrutiny.
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— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) October 27, 2021
Juventus declined to comment when Reuters approached the club, while Footy Accumulators tweeted an hour ago that an Italian FA official stated that Juventus was drawing increased scrutiny during the investigation.
Is The Old Lady at it again?
This would not be the first time that the most successful club in the history of Italian football ran into legal trouble with potential gargantuan ramifications.
Juventus was one of the chief architects of the Calciopoli scandal that rocked Serie A in May of 2006 when Juventus, along with fellow top flight sides AC Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio, and Reggina were implicated in match fixing after intercepted telephone conversations revealed match officials being preferentially selected for matches.
The club was subsequently stripped of their 2004-05 Serie A title and then relegated to Serie B immediately.
Though Juventus quickly rose back up to Serie A after just one season, the event left a black mark on the Italian top flight and should the club be found guilty of influencing the deck once again, one has to wonder at what point officials will do what it takes to stop the biggest clubs in football from influencing matters to their benefit.