Juventus to be fined €20m for not stripping out wire
It has emerged that Juventus will be fined up to €20 million for not removing the wire from the football stripping machine that it used during the Juventus’ Champions League final defeat to Napoli.
The Turin-based club, whose record-breaking Champions League triumph over the Italian champions was marred by a string of red cards and a host of other technical errors, has been accused of failing to remove the wire, which is known as a ‘red ball’.
Juventus’ technical director Massimiliano Allegri has denied that the club deliberately failed to strip out the wire and said he was shocked that it was not done to protect the integrity of the game.
“We are not aware of any other team not being aware of the wire on the machine.
It is the same for us, I am sure, of the team who won the championship,” Allegri told reporters on Thursday.”
When it comes to removing the ball, it is the player who needs to do it.
That is why we always do it, it does not change.
If a player is not conscious about the rules, it’s the same.”
He added that he had spoken with his players and the team management and would discuss the matter further.
The Italian FA has launched an investigation into the incident, which will also determine the sanction to be imposed on the club.
In total, 14,092 red cards were recorded by the Juventus squad, with three red cards to Alessandro Nesta, Marco Pappa and Luca Donnarumma.
“It is an insult to the game, a slap in the face, to the fans and to the Italian football community,” Allegria told La Repubblica.
Juventus won their first trophy in over 20 years in April, when they beat AC Milan 3-1 in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.”
We have a long history, we are an exemplary team, and we have won everything we have ever won.”
Juventus won their first trophy in over 20 years in April, when they beat AC Milan 3-1 in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.