Monza director Adriano Galliani: “Juventus have been punished enough”

Monza CEO Adriano Galliani believes that Juventus have been punished sufficiently after being docked 10 points and fined for capital gains fraud and salary manoeuvres.

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Monza director Adriano Galliani has leapt to the defence of Juventus after the Bianconeri were hit with a 10-point penalty and a hefty fine for capital gains fraud and salary manoeuvres.

Juventus were docked the points for capital gains fraud in May after an appeal, and were ordered to pay a €718,000 penalty after being found guilty of salary manoeuvres relating to deferred wages during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Juventus punished sufficiently

In an interview with Il Cittadino, and as reported by Tuttomercatoweb, Galliani insisted that there was no need for further punishment to be meted out to Juventus, with the points deduction costing them a Champions League qualification spot deemed sufficient, at least in his opinion.

It comes amidst suggestions that the Bianconeri have escaped more substantial retribution and have settled the cases against them lightly.

“I think the Bianconeri have already paid enough, as without the penalty they would be in the Champions League, but instead they finished seventh,” the former AC Milan vice-president declared.

Galliani backs Palladino

Galliani joined the late Silvio Berlusconi in taking over at Monza in 2018 and the duo helped guide the Brianzoli to Serie A last year, before twice claiming the scalp of Juventus this season.

Monza coach Raffaele Palladino. [@ACMonza]

Indeed, Monza‘s first Serie A victory of the campaign came with a 1-0 win over the Bianconeri in Matchday 7, before they completed the double with a 2-0 victory at the Allianz Stadium in Matchday 20.

Galliani pointed to the wins over the Turin club as the high points in a successful first season in the top flight, whilst praising coach Raffaele Palladino for the impact made.

“The victories we got against them were the best moments of the season and we are also the best newly promoted team in Europe, on a par with Fulham,” he claimed.

“When we decided to bet on Palladino we were slaughtered, a bit like what happened with (Arrigo) Sacchi (at Milan), but now Raffaele can follow in the footsteps of the great coaches.”

Monza went on to finish the season in 11th place, whilst Juventus‘ punishment saw them drop to seventh. However, the fallout for the Bianconeri may not be over just yet, with the potential for further ramifications coming from UEFA.

Why might UEFA punish Juventus?

Massimiliano Allegri reacts. (REUTERS/Massimo Pinca)

Juventus were fined €3.5 million in September 2022 for Financial Fair Play violations and they could have paid up to €23 million had it not been for the signing of various agreements based on balance sheets they provided to the organisation.

These are the same balance sheets used by both the FIGC and the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Turin for their respective capital gains investigations. Numerous directors formerly of Juventus have been punished for their roles in capital gains fraud, but for UEFA, it needs to go even further.

The Bianconeri settled on a fine for Financial Fair Play, acknowledging that they were outside of the parameters. However, the plea bargain would not have been granted if the reported figures were false, and Juventus’ disqualification from the Champions League, Europa League and/or Europa Conference League is possible.

While the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City inflated sponsorship values, the revenues generated were real figures. Meanwhile, Juventus have been accused of falsifying balance sheets.

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