Juventus President Agnelli gets one-year ban for ticket touting

Juventus President Agnelli gets one-year ban for ticket touting

Italian football federation has handed Juventus President Andrea Agnelli a one-year ban and a 20,000 euro fine for illegal ticket touting, while the Serie A club received a 300,000 euro fine.

Federation prosecutor Giuseppe Pecoraro had requested a two-and-a half-year ban and a 50,000 euro fine for Agnelli but was later reconsidered. Pecoraro also requested that Juventus be ordered to play two home matches behind closed doors and another game with the southern end of the stadium where ‘ultra’ fans sit shut, and to pay a 300,000 euro fine.

Juventus security director Alessandro D’Angelo was also handed a 15 months ban while ticketing director Stefano Merulla and former marketing director Francesco Calvo have also been handed one-year suspensions.

Each of the four has also been fined €20,000 for violating sporting integrity and illicit relations with fans.
According to AIPS Media, Juventus intends to appeal the sactions handed to the club and President.

“Having taken note of today’s decision by the FIGC’s national tribunal, Juventus announces its appeal to the FIGC Court of Appeal in the full conviction of its own good arguments, which have not been adequate recognised,”the club said in a statement.

“The club expresses its own satisfaction because today’s sentence, even though it inflicted heavy bans on the president and other people involved, has after extensive evaluation of the evidence, excluded all alleged links with representatives of organized crime.”

Agnelli’s ban is domestic only and has not been extended to UEFA or FIFA.

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