Far-Fetched Friday: Juventus Relegated to Serie C

01/27/2023

Juventus is in yet another scandal. This one is better or worse, depending on how you look at it, than the last scandal that saw them relegated in 2006. That time they were match-fixing, and this time around, they were falsifying financial information, which can be viewed as a form of match-fixing since you can now afford players you would otherwise not have. The initial ruling is a 15-point deduction, but I believe as the public learns more details, Juventus will face relegation, this time to Serie C.

Welcome back to Far-Fetched Friday, where every Friday we give you a bold prediction that we believe will come to fruition. This Friday, we look at Juventus.

It is clear relegation to Serie B did not teach the board anything, and if it did, it was to find a different way to cheat the rules. They bounced right back up and started an unprecedented run of nine straight league trophies just five years after forced relegation. But this is twice now, so the same punishment cannot suffice. There are allegedly WhatsApp messages where players discussed what they were told to do to help the club circumvent financial rules. It ranges from inflating transfer fees to lying about the extent of the salary cuts they took during Covid.

You have to come down on the club even harsher to deter further cheating, and in that, I think the eventual answer will be a double relegation to Serie C.


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