Juventus hit by 10-point penalty for false accounting, drops out of Champions League spots

Juventus was hit with a fresh 10-point penalty on Monday, hampering its chances of qualifying for next year’s Champions League.

The latest punishment for false accounting dropped Juventus from second spot in Serie A to seventh.

It left the Bianconeri five points behind AC Milan, which moved into fourth place in Serie A and the final qualifying spot for the Champions League.

Juventus was playing at lowly Empoli late Monday. There are then two rounds remaining, including what will be a crucial match against AC Milan.

Juventus was handed a a 15-point penalty in January while several members of its former board were also given bans from soccer activities, including former president Andrea Agnelli.

The points deduction was suspended last month on an appeal to the country’s highest sports court within the Italian Olympic Committee and referred back to the soccer federation’s appeals court for a new trial.

Source: Bahrain News Agency