Players Possibly Facing Bans in Next Juventus Trial

While Juventus are waiting for the motivations of their first conviction and preparing the appeal, the following chapter risks involving several more sides, both in the courts of justice and on the pitch. Rather than facing multiple trials, all the new accusations stemming from the Prisma inquiry will merge into one.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the federal prosecutor is looking into Atalanta, Udinese, Empoli, Sassuolo, Atalanta, Monza, Sampdoria, and a few lower league clubs. He’s examining whether their ties with the Bianconeri gave them unfair advantages. The Old Lady reportedly wasn’t punished for the bloated valuations per se but for breaching the “duties of loyalty, correctness, and probity.”

The additional allegations concern further transfers and the opaque maneuvering by Juventus on wages during the pandemic. Those charges could lead to month-long suspension for the players too, La Repubblica reports. It’s forbidden to agree to compensations, add-ons, or benefits that violate federal bylaws. They forfeited four monthly wages, but they knew they would eventually get three back through bonuses or incentives. On the other hand, it’s a gray area, as it was an unprecedented situation, and there weren’t proper forms for it.

Adrien Rabiot, Federico Chiesa, Danilo, Alex Sandro, Wojciech Szczesny, Leonardo Bonucci, Juan Cuadrado, Arthur, and Weston McKennie signed the so-called side letters to formalize the agreement. Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t.

Paulo Dybala, Rodrigo Bentancur, Dejan Kulusevki, Merih Demiral, and Federico Bernardeschi are the biggest names that did and left Juventus afterward. The players could argue they acted in good faith. Per TuttoSport, the next trial should start on February 22nd, but prosecutor Giuseppe Chinè might ask for a 40-day extension to better study the evidence.

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