Juventus Opt to Keep Fagioli Involved During Suspension

Juventus will try to help Nicolò Fagioli during his seven-month ban. Considering when it was formally notified, he’ll technically be available for the final game of the season.

According to Libero, the Bianconeri will allow the midfielder to keep practicing with the group while disqualified. In addition, they won’t suspend his €1M salary, even though they could do so. He was in the stands in San Siro. That’s not the case for Paul Pogba, as the rules of doping-related suspensions differ. Moreover, the Frenchman makes a lot more money. The length of his punishment and whether he’ll remain under contract are still up in the air.

Juventus director Cristiano Giuntoli weighed in on Fagioli before the Milan contest (via Calciomercato).

“He made a mistake and will pay for it. We’ll stay close to him during his technical and social recovery. We’re a family.”

The exec addressed the January window and whether they’d sign another midfielder.

“We have to evaluate the players that haven’t had much room so far, like Samuel Iling Junior and Hans Nicolussi Caviglia first. Then, if there are some opportunities, we’ll seize them.”

Wojciech Szczesny dished on Fagioli as well (via TuttoSport).

“We’re sorry for him, and he’ll suffer from the consequences of his errors. I think it’s time to talk about the kids struggling with gambling addictions. The disqualification is fair, but the priority should be to help them rather than punish them. Maybe I’m partial, but we need to decide how to tackle the problem.”

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