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Serie A Giants docked 15 points by Juventus for their transfer dealings



The probe into the club’s prior transfer deals led to a 15-point deduction for Juventus, according to the Italian football association (FIGC).

The Serie A powerhouses were charged with manipulating their financial statements to make fictitious benefits from club transfers.

Juventus was in third place prior to the penalty, which will move them down to tenth.

Former club president Andrea Agnelli and vice-president Pavel Nedved both resigned from the board of directors in November.

Juventus has said they will appeal the ruling and has denied doing anything improper.

The club issued a statement saying they “await the publication of the grounds for the decision” but have already begun filing an appeal with the Italian Olympic Committee’s Sport Guarantee Board (CONI).

The FIGC’s punishment is more severe than the nine points that the prosecutors had asked for.]

Fabio Paratici, formerly of Juventus’ sports department and currently managing director of football at Tottenham, has received a 30-month suspension.

Agnelli and the club’s former CEO, Maurizio Arrivabene, were both given two-year suspensions by the FIGC, while current Sports Director Federico Cherubini received a 16-month suspension.

11 Juventus executives, both past and present, have been disciplined, with Nedved receiving an eight-month suspension.

According to the FIGC, every ban includes a request that the sentence be extended to Uefa and Fifa so that it will then be applied globally.

In April 2022, Juventus was initially cleared along with 10 other teams, including the reigning Serie A champions Napoli. 59 other people, including Paratici and Agnelli, were also exonerated.

The federal prosecutor made the decision to challenge that decision, which led to the reopening of the inquiry in December.

It came after fresh information from a different probe into Juve’s finances launched by prosecutors in Turin.

Nine of the original 11 clubs under investigation—including Serie A teams Juventus, Sampdoria, and Empoli—as well as 52 of its executives—were the subject of the motion to reopen the trial and impose fines.

The punishments imposed by the FIGC, according to Juventus’ attorneys, “constitute an obvious imbalance of treatment towards Juventus and its managers compared to any other company or member.”

“We remind out that as of right now, only Juventus and its managers are accused of breaking a rule, despite the fact that the same sports justice has repeatedly acknowledged its nonexistence,” they continued.

“We think this is also a glaring injustice against millions of fans, who we hope will soon receive redress in the next level of judgment,” the statement continued.

The departing board stated in a statement in November that it was “thought to be in the best social interest to urge that Juventus equip itself with a new board of directors to handle these concerns” after they announced their resignations.

Juventus won nine consecutive Serie A championships under Agnelli’s 13-year reign, but finished fourth last season and suffered a record-breaking 254 million euro (£220 million) loss.

At a Juventus shareholders meeting on Wednesday, a new board of directors was ratified, with Gianluca Ferrero taking his place as chairman.

Uefa is also looking into Juventus for possible violations of its club licensing and financial fair play rules, as was disclosed last month.

Atalanta will visit Juventus for their following league encounter on Sunday.


Jack Hinshelwood saves and scores as Brighton beat Brentford




Jack Hinshelwood saved on the line and then headed a winning first Premier League goal for Brighton & Hove Albion as the south-coast side came from a goal down to beat visitors Brentford 2-1 on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old academy product put the Seagulls ahead in the 52nd minute, after the two sides had been 1-1 at the break, when he nodded into the bottom left corner off a cross from captain and man of the match Pascal Gross.

Moments earlier Hinshelwood had made a block on the line from substitute Yoane Wissa after Neal Maupay also had a shot stopped. Brighton moved up to seventh on 25 points with Brentford 11th on 19.

The visitors took the lead through a 27th-minute penalty after their first meaningful attack, with top scorer Bryan Mbeumo coolly stroking home for his seventh goal of the season as Jason Steele dived the wrong way.

Vitaly Janelt had won the penalty when he surged into the area and was pulled down by Jan Paul van Hecke.

Brighton levelled four minutes later when Gross shot left-footed into the bottom corner off a pass from Japanese winger Kaoru Mitoma. Mbeumo went down and had to be helped off in the 37th in a big blow for the Bees, with Wissa coming off the bench to replace him.

Source: eNCA

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Germany keeper Marc Andre ter Stegen will undergo surgery on a lower back injury




Marc Andre ter Stegen

Barcelona and Germany keeper Marc Andre ter Stegen will undergo surgery on a lower back injury, the 31-year-old said on Tuesday. Ter Stegen missed Barca’s recent games after being ruled out of Germany’s friendlies following an injury sustained while training with his country during last month’s international break.

“After intensive conversations with the medical team of the Club and various supporting experts, we decided to undergo a surgical procedure,” Ter Stegen wrote on his Instagram account.

“The break obviously annoys me. It is the right and safe decision in order to come back in the best conditions for my Club @fcbarcelona and National Team @dfb_team.Barcelona put no timescale on his return, but local media reports said Ter Stegen would be out for several weeks and could miss the Champions League knockout stages in February.

The former Borussia Moenchengladbach player has made 17 appearances for the Catalan side this season, keeping eight clean sheets. He received the Zamora Trophy last season as the best goalkeeper in LaLiga, conceding 18 goals in 37 games, helping Barca to their first league title since 2019.

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Murdah Bongz and DJ Zinhle inspire fans with their union, as they exuded love while performing together at a recent show.

Murdah Bongz and DJ Zinhle

The former Black Motion member shared photos of himself and his wife being mushy and cozy while operating the DJ desk.It was take your wife to work day,” he captioned the post. Read more

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