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Juventus lawyers are ready to present the club’s defense in the “salary maneuver” case, an investigation that could lead to a penalty point in Serie A.
The Old Lady has been accused of misleading the stock market, inflating player transfer values to falsify capital gains and having suspicious partnerships with other Italian clubs. A key aspect of the case is the accusation that the club secretly paid salaries to players that they had publicly stated would be cancelled. Tuttosport details how the club’s lawyers are due to present their defensive briefs today before handing over the documents to Giuseppe Chiné and the FIGC prosecutor’s office, who will then have 15 days to review the defense before deciding whether or not to refer the Bianconeri to court.
FIGC prosecutor Chiné believes that during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons, Juventus filed the Lega Serie A salary suspension agreements but did not register the secret agreements that saw them pay players three of the four months of salary that had been canceled. In fact, the accusation is that the club has violated “the accounting principle of economic competence and the principle of par condicio with other Serie A clubs. The Bianconeri could also try to set up a plea bargain prior to the trial, which would allow them to reduce by half the penalty that would be imposed at trial.