Pros­e­cu­tor seek­ing 2 ½-year ban for Juve pres­i­dent Agnelli

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

A 2 1/2-year ban is sought for Ju­ven­tus pres­i­dent An­drea Agnelli for an al­legedly il­licit re­la­tion­ship with hard-core "ul­tra" fans that en­cour­aged ticket scalp­ing.

The Ital­ian foot­ball fed­er­a­tion's pros­e­cu­tor made the re­quest at a hear­ing on Fri­day, 10 days af­ter Agnelli was elected to chair the 220-mem­ber Euro­pean Club As­so­ci­a­tion.

A fed­er­a­tion panel has 10 days to de­cide on the pun­ish­ment and then there is room for ap­peals.

The fed­er­a­tion pros­e­cu­tor, Giuseppe Pec­o­raro, also re­quested that Ju­ven­tus be or­dered to play two home matches be­hind closed doors, another game with the south­ern end of the sta­dium where the ul­tras sit shut, and a fine of 300,000 eu­ros ($350,000).

Agnelli al­legedly au­tho­rized the sale of sea­son passes and other tick­ets above the per­mit­ted limit.

He has ac­knowl­edged meet­ing with Rocco Dominello, an "ul­tra" fan linked to the Cal­abrian 'ndrangheta crime mob who has since been sen­tenced to nearly eight years in prison for scalp­ing.

But Agnelli said the meet­ings came only with large num­bers of other fans at cel­e­bra­tory oc­ca­sions and that the club never in­tended to en­gage in il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity.

"The pros­e­cu­tion is do­ing its job," said Franco Coppi, Agnelli's lawyer. "We're not used to mak­ing pre­dic­tions over whether it will be one month or life. The im­por­tant thing is to fight the pros­e­cu­tion's ac­cu­sa­tions."

Ju­ven­tus tick­et­ing di­rec­tor Ste­fano Merulla, Ju­ven­tus se­cu­rity di­rec­tor Alessan­dro D'An­gelo and the club's for­mer mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor, Francesco Calvo, are also due to be judged in the case.

The al­leged charges are vi­o­la­tions of sport­ing in­tegrity and il­licit re­la­tions with fans.

The 41-year-old Agnelli has led Ju­ven­tus, the club his fam­ily has owned for nearly a cen­tury, since 2010.

Agnelli has also been a non-vot­ing mem­ber of UEFA's ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee since 2015. He is slated to re­ceive full vot­ing rights on Wed­nes­day at a UEFA spe­cial con­gress in Geneva.

Pec­o­raro also re­quested that an even­tual ban be ex­tended to cover Agnelli's po­si­tion at UEFA.

Dominello's fa­ther, Save­rio Dominello, was sen­tenced to 12 years in prison by a court in Turin in June for his role in the scalp­ing case.

Anti-mafia pros­e­cu­tors al­leged that the 'ndrangheta were in­volved in scalp­ing among Ju­ven­tus ul­tra fans for at least 15 years, guar­an­tee­ing or­der in the sta­dium in ex­change for open ticket ac­cess.

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