Official: Juventus excluded from 2023/24 Europa Conference League and fined for financial breaches

Juventus will not play in the 2023/24 Europa Conference League after UEFA excluded them and issued a fine for financial rule breaches.

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Juventus will not play in the 2023/23 Europa Conference League after UEFA excluded the club due to breaches of club licensing and Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, enforcing a one-year ban.

As well as the exclusion, the Bianconeri have also been fined €20 million. €10m of that fine is conditional and will only be enforced if there are irregularities in Juventus’ annual financial statements for 2023, 2024 or 2025.

Due to the 10-point deduction that Juventus were handed during the 2022/23 Serie A campaign, their league position only led to a place in the Conference League, rather than the Champions League or the Europa League.

That place in Europe has now been taken away and Massimiliano Allegri‘s side will have to focus their efforts entirely on Serie A and the Coppa Italia. It is expected that Fiorentina will take Juventus‘ place in the Conference League thanks to their eighth-placed finish in Serie A.

Why are Juventus out of the Europa Conference League?

Juventus’ Allianz Stadium. (@juventusfcen)

According to UEFA, Juventus are guilty of violating ‘UEFA’s regulatory framework and breaching the settlement agreement signed in August 2022’. The formal investigation was opened back in December 2022 and concerned player registration rights between 2019 and 2021.

The CFCB, which is UEFA’s financial arm, had agreed on a settlement with Juventus in the past which acknowledged Juventus’ ‘failure to fulfil the break-even requirement; on FFP but it took the pandemic into the equation.

UEFA said in December that the investigation would focus on alleged financial violations which were pointed out by the public prosecutor and emphasised that the CFCB reserved the right to terminate the three-year settlement ‘if new and substantial facts arise’.

Juventus respond to UEFA ruling

The moon in the night sky over Juventus’ Allianz Stadium. (@juventusfcen)

Juventus president Gianluca Ferrero issued a response to the ruling in which he expressed the club’s unhappiness and disagreement with the decision but confirmed that there will not be an appeal.

“We regret the decision of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body. We do not share the interpretation that has been given of our defense, and we remain firmly convinced of the legitimacy of our actions and the validity of our arguments,” Ferrero began.

“However, we have decided not to appeal this judgment. This decision is in line with the one taken last May in the context of the disputes with the FIGC. As in that case, we prefer to put an end to the period of uncertainty and ensure full visibility and certainty to our internal and external stakeholders about the club’s participation in future international competitions. Lodging an appeal, possibly to other levels of judgement, with uncertain outcomes and timing, would increase the uncertainty with respect to our eventual participation in the 2024/25 UEFA Champions League.

“Instead, we want the first team, our fans, our sponsors, suppliers and financial partners to be able to experience the 2023/24 season with the utmost serenity and certainty with respect to the results achievable on the pitch, especially after the turbulent past season.

“Despite this painful decision we can now face the new season by focusing on the field and not on the courts. We now focus our attention on the Championship and the Italian Cup: we will do our utmost to give our fans the greatest possible satisfaction in these competitions.”

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