The responsible for Spain’s top tier, LaLiga, wants UEFA to sanction Juventus in light of the scandal that has seen the whole Bianconeri board resign including club chairman Andrea Agnelli.
On Monday, it was revealed that La Vecchia Signora will be investigated for financial fraud and the Spanish organisation wants the Italian giants to suffer the consequences.
LaLiga issued a statement condemning Juventus for their alleged Financial Fair Play breaches and it is not the first time that the Spanish governing body has condemned clubs from rival leagues with any financial irregularities.
“Following the resignation of the Juventus board of directors late Monday Nov. 28, LaLiga demands immediate sports sanctions to be applied on the club,” reads the official LaLiga statement.
“LaLiga filed an official complaint against Juventus with UEFA in April 2022 reporting financial fair play breaches being investigated by Italy´s Guardia di Finanza, an enforcement agency under the authority of the country´s Minister of Economy and Finance, and the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Court of Turin.
“Specifically, the complaint charges that Juventus accounted for transfers above fair value and under accounted for employee expenses, resulting in a breach of UEFA break even requirements. Additionally, the complaint charges that Juventus concealed the true wage bill of its players.
“This Monday, in the same statement announcing the resignation of its Board of Directors, Juventus acknowledges financial accounting irregularities, which are also aimed at misleading UEFA financial fair play authorities, among others.
“As part of its campaign to promote financially sustainable football in Europe, LaLiga continues to pursue these complaints against Juventus and demands immediate sporting sanctions to be applied on the club by the relevant authorities.
“LaLiga has long been a major proponent for the implementation, application, and enforcement of strong financial sustainability rules in football. In April of this year, LaLiga laid out complaints on financial fair play breaches filed with UEFA against Juventus, but also Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain.
“The Spanish competition itself has applied its “economic control” rules for nearly a decade, at the request of the clubs that make up the league. Financial sustainability is paramount to protecting the business of football.
“Protect our football.”
European Super League concept to be revived by Agnelli
Since resigning as president of Juventus, Andrea Agnelli is keen to revive the concept of the European Super League, and he is likely to receive support from Real Madrid president Florentino Perez as well as his Barcelona counterpart Joan Laporta.
The competition is seen as a rival to the Champions League and it would serve as a breakaway competition from UEFA. However, the announcement in April 2021 received a huge backlash and widespread condemnation from football organisations and fans alike.
Numerous clubs including six from the English Premier League withdrew from the competition, but Agnelli as well as Barcelona and Real Madrid have refused to back away from the idea.
LaLiga would not want to see two of the biggest clubs from Spain participate in a breakaway competition, and although Agnelli is no longer at the helm of Juventus, seeing his former club being punished for financial fraud during his presidency could hinder the Super League project even more.