Juventus faces further legal turmoil as the Italian soccer federation has levied charges of alleged fraud against the club and seven former team directors regarding their handling of player salary cuts during the coronavirus pandemic.
During the initial stages of the pandemic, Juventus had announced that 23 players had agreed to a four-month salary reduction in an effort to support the club during the crisis.
However, prosecutors allege that the players actually sacrificed only one month’s salary.
Among the individuals facing charges are former Juventus president Andrea Agnelli, former vice president Pavel Nedved, and former sports director Fabio Paratici.
The latest charges against Juventus will result in another sports trial, adding to the club’s ongoing legal troubles.
Earlier this season, the Italian soccer federation imposed a 15-point penalty on Juventus for false accounting, although the penalty was temporarily suspended following an appeal to the country’s highest sports court within the Italian Olympic Committee.
The case has now been referred back to the soccer federation’s appeals court for a new verdict.
In addition, prosecutors in Turin have pressed charges against Juventus, Agnelli, and 11 other individuals for offenses including false communications by a publicly listed company on the Milan stock exchange, obstruction of watchdog agencies, false billing, and market manipulation.
Juventus’ disappointment continued as they were eliminated from the Europa League semifinals by Sevilla on Thursday, resulting in the club concluding the season without any titles.