After winning an appeal, Serie A team Juventus has had their 15-point deduction from earlier in the season restored.
With the decision to overturn the 15-point deduction, Juventus moves up to third place from seventh, giving them a good chance of playing in the UEFA Champions League next season.
They now have 59 points, only two behind second-placed Lazio, who have 61 points. The Old Lady are now three points clear of Roma, who are currently fourth, and six points ahead of Milan, who are fifth.
Juventus were penalised 15 points by prosecutors after they were accused of inflating transfer valuations and lying to finance regulators in order to save money.
An investigation into the club’s finances was launched last year, with claims that losses were overstated between 2018 and 2020.
Juventus denied any misconduct, but the Italian Football Federation’s Federal Court ruled them guilty and slammed them with a massive points loss.
In addition to the point deduction, the board members were suspended by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).
The reinstatement of the 15 points has given Juventus a significant help in their bid to compete in the UCL next season, and they will be relieved to hear that the points are not transferable.
This comes after Juventus’ lawyers argued for a new trial that cannot occur until the new season ends, meaning that any punishment for Juventus, if they are found guilty, will only come when the next season starts.
The Old Lady was able to get the previous sentence overturned after their lawyers were able to argue that the motive behind the previous ruling and protection was unclear and needed to be investigated by a new trial.
The decision is sure to cause an uproar among other Serie A clubs, especially those vying for European contention including Roma, Inter and AC Milan.