Football Serie A

Juventus have Calciopoli appeal rejected

Juventus’ appeal against the revocation of the 2006 Scudetto has been thrown out by the Supreme Court of Cassation, which decided it was a sporting issue.

The Bianconeri were stripped of both the 2004-05 and 2005-06 titles as part of the Calciopoli scandal, which also saw the club relegated to Serie B.

The second of those was controversially awarded to Inter, who in 2011 were accused by prosecutor Stefano Palazzi of similar offences to the ones which saw Juve demoted.

However, as the statute of limitations had expired no action could be taken.

Juventus asked for the 2006 Scudetto to be stripped from Inter as a result, but the FIGC declined to rule on it as too much time had passed.

The Bianconeri then appealed to the Consiglio di Stato, but it was decided that court had no jurisdiction over sporting bodies.

A further appeal to the Court of Cassation followed, but that appeal was thrown out today.

The court confirmed that the dispute falls under the remit of the sporting justice system, and for an outside court to rule on the issue would undermine “the principle of autonomy of the national sports system”.

The Supreme Court of Cassation doesn’t re-examine the facts of a case, it can only interpret the relevant law, and in this case it upheld the earlier verdict that the civil courts have no jurisdiction over sporting disputes.

Given that the court is the highest court of appeal, it would appear there are no more avenues for Juventus to go down.

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