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Juventus climb Serie A table as I5-point deduction is revoked

JUVENTUS have shot up the Serie A table after having their 15-point Serie A deduction revoked pending a new trial over their false financial reporting case.

If they are punished in the new trial, the sanctions will take effect in the 2023/2024 season.

The decision to rescind the deduction and return the 15 points has taken Juventus up to third place in Serie A on 59 points, pushing Roma down to fourth, Milan fifth and Inter sixth.

It also means the bans on implicated officials including Andrea Agnelli, Maurizio Arrivabene, Federico Cherubini and current Tottenham Hotspur director Fabio Paratici are also revoked.

This verdict had been predicted since the three-hour hearing at the Collegio di Garanzia on yesterday.

The FIGC, Italy’s football federation, did not present any evidence at the appeal, so their place was taken by Olympic Committee prosecutor Ugo Taucer, who admitted that the earlier ruling lacked merit.

Juventus called for the entire verdict to be revoked and for the case to end, but it will be held all over again, with the possibility of even more evidence involving other clubs, according to Football Italia.

The prosecutor of the case had initially asked for a nine-point deduction but the FIGC added six points, which Juventus immediately appealed.

Eyebrows have been raised as to why only Juventus saw their situation overturned in January and sanctions applied, when in April 2022 all the 11 clubs and 59 individuals were cleared of artificially inflating the transfer fees to boost capital gains.

The court at the time found that for Juventus, Napoli, Sampdoria, Genoa, Empoli, Parma, Pisa, Pescara, Novara, Chievo and Pro Vercelli, there was no objective way of ascertaining the worth of a player other than the fee two clubs agreed to.

Juventus alone had that verdict overturned on appeal in January 2023 because of new evidence in the form of wiretaps provided by the Prisma police investigation.

The ruling cleared Pavel Nedved, Paolo Galimberti, Assia Grazzioli-Venier, Caitlin Mary Hughes, Daniela Marilungo and Francesco Roncaglio but the appeals of Agnelli, Paratici, Cherubini and Arrivabene have been rejected, so they too will have their bans suspended temporarily pending a new trial.

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