Friday, August 18, 2006

Juve's appeal fails

Juventus have failed in their latest attempt to overturn their punishment in the Italian match-fixing scandal.

Juve were relegated for their role in the match-fixing scandal that rocked Italy and were docked 30 points, which has since been reduced to 17. The club's appeal was held at the Italian Olympic Committee's arbitration court (CONI) at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, but Italy's Football Federation (FIGC) refused to back down. Juve, who were stripped of their last two titles, said it would discuss what, if any action, in a board meeting on Monday.

CONI brought together the clubs' directors and the FIGC to seek an agreement regarding the appeal, but a Juve statement said the meeting had "not resulted in any conciliation". "We will examine all of our options calmly, convinced as we are, in our search for a more fair punishment," said chairman Cobolli Gigli. He added they could potentially take the case outside the sports justice system to a civil court (TAR Tribunal) or even to the European Court of Justice.

The other three clubs embroiled in the scandal - Fiorentina, Lazio and Milan and their officials are also taking their cases to CONI in the coming few days.

Read the Juventus statement here >>>


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