Juventus Stumbled upon Corruption Scandal

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Problems hit Juventus again. Recently, club officials, including President Andrea Agnelli, Vice President Pavel Nedved, to the former Director of Sport who is now at Tottenham Hotspur, Fabio Paratici, are being investigated by the police.

Reported by Football Italia , the police are currently searching the club’s operational office in Continassa, in order to obtain information related to a corruption case with the mode of falsifying the club’s financial statements. Allegedly, there is money worth 50 million euros (around Rp. 816.11 billion) whose direction of movement is not clear.

Six Juventus officials questioned by the police : In total, apart from Agnelli, Nedved, and Paratici, there were three other club officials who were also questioned by the police. As a result, there are six high-ranking officials who are currently being investigated by the authorities. They were all questioned by the Guardia di Finanza, the agency that specializes in dealing with financial crime cases in Italy.

Guardia di Finanza conducted an examination of Juventus’ financial documents from the 2018/19 to 2020/21 season. Allegedly, Juventus falsified the club’s financial statements during that time.

Relating to the purchase and exchange of players : Based on La Gazzetta dello Sport’s report, this financial statement examination was carried out, because clubs often falsified during the transfer process. Indeed, in the 2018-2021 period, Juventus had brought in big names.

The Old Lady had landed Cristiano Ronaldo in that time frame, also made an exchange involving Miralem Pjanic and Arthur Melo. Well, from these processes, Agnelli, Nedved, and Paratici, were judged to be involved in falsifying financial statements.

Strange transfers in Serie A will be investigated : The Italian government is indeed intensively investigating strange transfers in Serie A. In total, they found there were 62 transfers that needed to be investigated, because they were related to falsification of financial statements by the club.

They also asked the President of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), Gabriele Gravina, to participate in investigating the series of suspicious transfers. Juventus, it turns out, is one of several Serie A clubs suspected of being involved in the suspicious transfer.