Ju­ven­tus pres­i­dent risks sus­pen­sion over ‘il­le­gal’ ticket sales

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT -

MI­LAN: Ju­ven­tus pres­i­dent An­drea Agnelli could be banned for two and a half years af­ter dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings be­gan Fri­day into al­leged ticket sales to ul­tras fan groups, some with links to or­gan­ised crime.

Ital­ian Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (FIGC) pros­e­cu­tor Giuseppe Pec­o­raro has re­quested a 30month sus­pen­sion and 50,000 euro ($59,000) fine against Agnelli, ac­cord­ing to re­ports in the Ital­ian me­dia.

Pec­o­raro also de­manded two Ju­ven­tus matches be played be­hind closed doors and the club pay a 300,000 euro ($358,000) fine.

A Euro­pean ex­ten­sion of the ban was also re­quested with Agnelli hav­ing re­cently been elected pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean clubs as­so­ci­a­tion.

Agnelli is ac­cused of help­ing sell tick­ets to Ju­ven­tus ul­tras fans, sev­eral of whom have links with or­gan­ised crime. The tick­ets were then resold for a huge profit.

How­ever, the six-time de­fend­ing Serie A cham­pi­ons have said that they will not re­quest Agnelli to step down if he is found guilty.

No of­fi­cial from the Turin club has been con­victed in the civil part of this case, Agnelli hav­ing only been heard as a wit­ness.

Agnelli has de­nied deal­ing with Rocco Dominello, a sup­porter very close to the Cal­abria-based N’drangheta mafia who was sen­tenced to more than seven years in prison in this case, but re­calls meet­ing him.

Ju­ven­tus is ac­cused of hav­ing ceded blocks of tick­ets to ul­tras group when it is not al­lowed to sell more than four at a time.

Agnelli’s lawyer was quoted by Cal­cio e Fi­nanza as say­ing he was look­ing for the case against the Ju­ven­tus boss to be dis­missed.

A de­ci­sion is ex­pected within ten days. - AFP

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