“A tsunami”, “the worst scandal from ‘Calciopoli’ (the biggest sports fraud in the history of ‘football’, occurred in 2005-2006) ”and“ the reflection of a sick system ”. The Italian media has reacted with this dramatics to the information that, not only the Juventus, but also other teams from this country are being investigated by the Turin Prosecutor’s Office for fiscal fraud and other allegedly illegal procedures in the buying and selling of ‘hyper-valued’ players.
The names that have been leaked are, in effect, all from Serie A teams. Genoa, of the Bury, of the Naples, of the Atalanta, from Rome and of the Sampdoria. All of them would have prosecutors in tow for dozens of unclear operations carried out in the last three seasons, according to leaks published this Tuesday by newspapers such as ‘Il Corriere dello Sport’ and ‘La Repubblica’, among other media.
Stock market crash
The scandal came to light on Saturday after Italian authorities reported that the Juventus offices had been raided the night before. The goal of the policeman was to find documentation on the transfers of players that are being investigated, among which is also the barter that led to Miralem Pjanić to the Barça squad now Arthur Melo to Turin in 2020.
Circumstances that led some consumer associations to request that, if the accusations are confirmed, the ‘vecchia signora’ be sanctioned with the demotion and the titles obtained in the period in question are revoked, which finally caused the fall of its shares on the Milan Stock Exchange.
And that the storm could still be in its initial phase. The investigation opened by the Turin Prosecutor’s Office, in fact, is still ongoing and, therefore, surprises are not excluded in the wiretapping and other evidence that the three prosecutors of the Piedmont city -Marco Gianoglio, Ciro Santoriello, and Mario Bedoni- have acquired so far. A situation that has also sparked division – and heated debates on social networks – within the community of the transalpine ‘tifosi’.
A true reflection of the seriousness of the case has been that even John Elkann, the president of Exor, the group that owns 63% of Juve, has wanted to intervene on the matter. “Regarding the ongoing investigation, the company has already communicated that it will collaborate with the investigators and is confident that the light will be released. I believe in the Italian magistrates. Juventus has a new board of directors, a new CEO, and a new coach who, together with the president and vice president, are facing difficult moments “, said the heir to the Agnelli.
Juve is no stranger to monumental scandals. Already in 2006, the Italian club was the protagonist of the case known as’calcium poly‘, uncovered thanks to an investigation by the Naples Prosecutor’s Office that revealed, among other things, that the then director general of Juve, Luciano Moggi, plotted to obtain referee favors accommodating with their interests. Facts for which, in 2011, Moggi was disbarred for life and sentenced to more than five years in prison.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.