Scandal in Italy: they registered the headquarters of Juventus for a possible fraud of almost 300 million euros

Andrea Agnelli, president of Juventus (EFE/EPA/ALESSANDRO DI MARCO/Archive)

Juventus have received another blow. In addition to the football crisis that the team led by Massimiliano Allegri (is in sixth place, 11 points behind leaders Napoli and Milan – this afternoon they will face Atalanta -) is now embroiled in a scandal.

The public prosecutor’s office of the city of Turin (north) decided to search the headquarters of the Italian institution give course to the investigation of the directive of the Vecchia Signora for the purchase of footballers and other unclear operations in the last three years. According to the media of this country, 282 million euros of capital gains are under surveillance.

The Guardia de Finanza (the tax affairs police) confirmed in a statement that its agents entered Juventus headquarters last night with the order to collect the documents related to the accounts for the 2019-2021 period. The focus was on collecting information on the sale of players and forming budgets.

The Turin prosecutor’s office suspects the leaders bianconeros committed offenses such as “false documents and issuance of false invoices for non-existent operations”. Thus, the transfers or sales of footballers and the profits of certain agents who acted as intermediaries remained center stage. The operation began Friday afternoon after the closing of the Milan Stock Exchange so as not to interfere with the listing of the club.

According to the Italian press, the sports leaders investigated are the president Andrea Agnellhis vice-president and former footballer of the club, pavel nedvedthe former head of the sports section, Fabio Paratici (he is now in Tottenham, England), the current head of corporate and finance sector, Stefano Cerradohis predecessor, Stefano Bertola and former Chief Financial Officer, Marco Re.

Pavel Nedved and Andrea Agnelli, two figures who remained center stage (REUTERS / Massimo Pinca)
Pavel Nedved and Andrea Agnelli, two figures who remained center stage (REUTERS / Massimo Pinca)

This investigation is part of the so-called “Prisma”, which began in May 2021 and is led by a team of economic crimes prosecutors, made up of Ciro Santoriello, Mario Bendoni and Marco Gianoglio.

“There are various professional player transfer operations and the services provided by certain agents involved in the intermediaries relating to the study. The profile of administrative responsibility for a crime is also assumed by the company, provided that a legal person has benefited from the commission of certain crimes. To protect the financial market, the research began after the close of weekly trading on the Italian Stock Exchange.

As expressed by Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport Yes Sports Mediaset, in the survey also appears the contract of Cristiano Ronaldo, who passed through the Italian team and currently works at Manchester United. One of the tasks during the raid was search for “private documents” related to CR7’s contract and salaries, in addition to a role that “technically shouldn’t exist”. It should be clarified that Portuguese is not the subject of an investigation.

One of the operations that caught the eye was the landing of the Brazilian Arthur in Italy in exchange for 72 million euros and that of Miralem Pjanic in Barcelona for some 63 million of European currency. In total, there are 42 suspicious transfers.

Remember that this is not the first time that Juve has been involved in this type of situation. The most resounding antecedent was the so-called calciopolis, which caused his descent into the second category. Other teams such as Milan, Lazio, Fiorentina and Reggina were also involved in this case. The leaders of these teams were sanctioned for having influenced the appointment of referees who were favorable to them during key matches of the Italian tournament.

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