Juventus’ legal issues: Agnelli continues his wait for trial whilst UEFA assess potential punishments

Juventus' domestic punishments may have come to an end as a club, but former president Andrea Agnelli is not out of the woods. There is also the small matter of UEFA's intentions.

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Although Juventus had accepted the eventual 10-point deduction for capital gains fraud and agreed on a fine with the FIGC for salary manoeuvres made to improve financial statements, former president Andrea Agnelli is yet to stand trial for his role. The club also still awaits a UEFA decision on their activities.

June 15, 2023, would have been the date on which the Old Lady faced the National Federal Court to challenge the ruling on how they deferred player salaries in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, but they instead agreed to a €718,000 fine and a variety of individual fines for directors, such as Pavel Nedved, Fabio Paratici and Federico Cherubini.

However, the 47-year-old ex-chairman of the European Club Association decided not to join his former colleagues in agreeing on a deal.

Andrea Agnelli and Pavel Nedved. (Photo: Getty)

Why is Agnelli still awaiting trial?

Through his lawyer Davide Sangiorgio, Agnelli has not delayed discussions with FIGC and has attempted to negotiate a plea agreement, but as there was still some distance between both parties on the final settlement, the issue could yet result in a court hearing.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the former Bianconeri president still believes there are enough reasons to appeal the decision handed down upon him and the club, and wants to fight the charges faced, and with Sangiorgio expected to present a revised plea bargain to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the trial has been postponed until June 27, 2023.

Maurizio Arrivabene, Pavel Nedved and Andrea Agnelli. (Photo: Getty)

What UEFA charges still await Juventus?

After the FIGC hit Juventus with the initial points deduction, eventually reduced to 10 points, for capital gains fraud, UEFA opened their own investigation shortly after to see if the club had violated continental Financial Fair Play rules. After being found guilty, they paid a €3.5 million fine to the governing body.

However, the Bianconeri were then found to have falsified the documents that resulted in that reduced penalty and could now be banned from European competition, despite qualifying for the Europa Conference League by finishing seventh in Serie A.

Their recent withdrawal from the failed launch of the Super League was seen as a political move as they await the UEFA decision, but even if they avoid exclusion from the third tier of European competition, a heavy fine is expected.

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