Cristiano Ronaldo may be facing a ban as a result of the scandal surrounding the $79 million that he earned at Juventus. This comes amid allegations that he was one of 22 players who received “off the books” compensation from the scandal-plagued Italian giants. After being found guilty of accounting violations by prosecutors, Juventus was penalized with a 15-point deduction from their Serie A standing.
Cristiano Ronaldo facing BAN over £79million Juventus wages scandal
People like Fabio Paratici, who is now the director of football operations for Tottenham, were given lifetime bans from the sport. In addition, the Mirror reports that there is a possibility that some players will be suspended from the Italian football league. It is said that athletes such as Ronaldo, Giorgio Chiellini, and Paulo Dybala, among others, agreed to wage deferrals during the Covid pandemic and were subsequently paid their deferred wages “off the books.” There are rumors that Ronaldo was paid £79.5 million despite only agreeing to a deferral of £17.2 million in salary.
Should it be determined that they were acting dishonestly with full knowledge of the rules, they risk a 30-day suspension in Italian football. It was reported that Juventus had exploited a loophole in the system in order to increase its spending power in the market. At the beginning of May, Juve and seven other clubs, such as Sampdoria, Genoa, and Parma, were cleared of any wrongdoing. However, an appeal was filed against that verdict with the Federal Appeals Court, and during the hearing that took place last week, Italian FA prosecutors asked for the case to be reheard and for severe sanctions to be imposed.
Giuseppe Chine, the attorney representing the prosecution, had only requested an immediate nine-point penalty. Instead, 15 points were docked from “Old Lady’s” Serie A total, completely derailing their team’s chances of winning the championship. The news that Spurs’ director of football Paratici was given a suspension from the sport for two and a half years by an Italian court last week was a devastating blow to the club. He was found guilty of masterminding a scheme at Juventus that involved player transfers over the course of three seasons.