Juventus’ punishment after capital gains violations could stretch to the players who played for them during that time, potentially leading to suspensions for 23 players.
Prosecutors had initially asked for a nine point deduction but a harsher punishment was handed down instead, dropping them from third in Serie A down to 10th.
It all but ended their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League through the league, and they’ll have to win the Europa League, having dropped down, in order to qualify.
The club could yet have their points returned to them if they are successful with an appeal, after the investigation had been reopened following further evidence being found.
And Antonio Conte’s club could be hit again, with 23 players who turned out for the Old Lady all potentially having to face bans for their part.
According to Italian journalist Paolo Ziliani, if the players are found to have accepted falsely lower wages then they could be hit with a 30+ day suspension, even if they’re no longer at the Turin club.
That could include Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur, whilst Al Nassr could even find themselves without Cristiano Ronaldo for a time.
Zialini said that as part of the investigation, “All members involved were questioned and admitted the circumstances.
“Two players, Matthijs de Ligt and Mattia De Sciglio , provided the magistrates with a copy of the Whatsapp chat in which Giorgio Chiellini explained the scam to everyone, suggesting not to mention it to journalists.”
Ronaldo could be amongst those players, having played for the club from 2018 until 2020, and according to previous reports he could even sue the club.
Ronaldo will probably be happier to miss games for his new Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr than he would have been if he’d moved to a big European club.
That’s partially to do with the transfer of signing Victor Osimhen and potential false inflating of the Nigerian striker’s transfer fee, when he joined from Lille.