Juventus have been docked 10 Serie A points and are now down to seventh place, as the Federal Court of Appeal gave its judgment on the capital gains scandal. The Old Lady have been found guilty of artificially inflating transfer fees in order to boost capital gains, effectively making it look as if they were moving around much bigger club assets than they possessed in reality.
The hearing was held today in Rome, with FIGC Prosecutor Giuseppe Chiné making his case and suggesting an 11-point penalty, an increase from the nine points he had originally requested in January 2023. Instead, the response from the panel was a 10-point penalty. Their position in Serie A has dropped from 69 points to 59, sending them from second place to seventh. Follow your favourite Serie A team with attractive football betting odds from Nextbet.
Not too long ago, a prosecutor working for the Italian Football Federation found Juventus guilty of financial violations, which includes artificially inflating player value for capital gains. This saw the club getting docked for 15 points, which was later revived. But now that the case has been reinstated, the club have found themselves out of Champions League positions.
Capital gains is the difference between reported sale price and a player’s market value and Juventus’ manipulation of the same by artificially boosting player values to comply with Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules in the short-term is why they find themselves in trouble at the moment. The prosecutor spotted several irregularities with the club’s financial activities in recent years and among the 62 transfers that were investigated, 42 of them included Juventus.
The swap deal between Barcelona and Juventus back in 2020, which saw Miralem Pjanic join the Catalan giants and Arthur Melo join the Old Lady, was a major talking point. Barcelona are said to have paid €70 million for Pjanic while Juventus paid €80 million for Arthur, which was shown in the books as a swap deal plus €10 million paid by the Italian club.
However, due to FFP rules which showed Arthur’s value at €20 million, it allowed Barcelona to showcase a profit of €60 million and similarly, Juventus were able to report a profit of €57 million for Pjanic’s sale. Get all the latest updates from the Serie A only on Nextbet Sports.