Friday, September 01, 2006

Juve withdraw from civil action

Juventus have dropped their appeal to the civil court against demotion for their part in the match-fixing scandal. The Italian giants were set to appear in front of the TAR Lazio tribunal today, but have now opted to withdraw from going down that path.

The Turin club took the step after a club board meeting which went on for around four hours last night. "The board has decided unanimously to withdraw the appeal it made in the past few days to the regional court of Lazio," a club statement read. "[We will] turn instead to CONI'S court of arbitration."

President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli met FIGC commissioner Guido Rossi and CONI chief Gianni Petrucci in Rome on Wednesday where it seems that the Old Lady were persuaded to reject the TAR Lazio route.

The club have confirmed that they will now meet with CONI’s court of arbitration in a last ditch attempt to have their points deduction reduced or scrapped.

The Old Lady of Italian football were demoted to Serie B, handed a 17-point handicap and were stripped of their last two Italian titles for their part in the scandal.

The FIGC and FIFA had both warned Juventus that they could face further sanctions if they went ahead with civil action and the world’s governing body threatened to throw Italy out of the Euro 2008 qualifiers.

The opening day of the Serie A and Serie B season has already been put back two weeks to 9/10 September as a result of the legal process. The fixtures were released on Wednesday in Rome.

View Juventus Statement here >>>
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