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LaLiga demands ‘immediate sanctions’ against Juventus after complete board overhaul amid financial dispute

La Liga have released a strong statement that calls for ‘immediate sports sanctions’ to be imposed against Juventus.

The top division of Spanish football want the Serie A side to be punished for recent developments that could signal dramatic changes at the club.

Agnelli’s departure is a huge change at Juventus

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Agnelli’s departure is a huge change at Juventus

It was revealed on Monday that president Andrea Agnelli and the rest of Juventus’ board had resigned from their roles.

It comes amid investigations into the club over Financial Fair Play breaches, with La Liga filing a complaint against Juventus earlier in the year.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Spanish top-flight has called for swift punishment: “Following the resignation of the Juventus board of directors late Monday Nov. 28, LaLiga demands immediate sports sanctions to be applied on the club.

“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.

Juventus will now await the arrival of their new board

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Juventus will now await the arrival of their new board


“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.”

Journalist Ben Jacobs also reports that La Liga believe ‘appropriate sanctions’ may include the relegation of the club, or even being kicked out of the Champions League.

Managing director Maurizio Arrivabene is set to remain at the Turin-based side whilst they transition to their new board, even though he too resigned from his role.

The Agnelli family have had ownership of the club since 1923, but Andrea’s departure is a huge turn of events in terms of Juventus’ future.

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