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Juventus and Chelsea Face UEFA Bans Over Financial Fair Play Violations

 Juventus and Chelsea Face UEFA Bans Over Financial Fair Play Violations

Juventus and Chelsea Face UEFA Bans Over Financial Fair
Juventus and Chelsea Face UEFA Bans Over Financial Fair(Image-Getty)

Juventus has been banned from participating in European competitions next season due to violations of UEFA's Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play rules. The UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) conducted a formal investigation into Juventus in December, as the club was one of eight teams that had previously settled with UEFA for failing to meet financial requirements.

As a consequence of the investigation, UEFA announced that Juventus would be subject to an additional financial contribution of 20 million euros. However, 10 million euros of this penalty would be enforced only if the club's financial statements for the years 2023, 2024, and 2025 do not meet the accounting standards.

Juventus chose not to appeal the decision, even though they maintained their innocence and disagreed with the interpretation of their defense. Juventus Chairman Gianluca Ferrero stated that their decision not to appeal was consistent with the approach they took when dealing with Italy's soccer federation in May, where they accepted a fine and penalty without challenging it.

The club preferred to put an end to the uncertainty surrounding their participation in future international competitions, including the UEFA Champions League in 2024-25, by not pursuing further appeals with uncertain outcomes and timing.

Meanwhile, Chelsea, the Premier League side, faced a settlement with UEFA as well. The settlement was related to "historical transactions" that occurred between 2012 and 2019, during the ownership period prior to the club's acquisition by the Boehly-Clearlake consortium in 2022. The new ownership identified instances of potentially incomplete financial reporting and proactively reported them to UEFA.

After an assessment by the CFCB First Chamber, a settlement agreement was reached with Chelsea, obliging them to pay a financial contribution of 10 million euros to resolve the reported matters completely. Consequently, Chelsea will not be participating in European competitions during the 2023-24 season.

Both Juventus and Chelsea's cases reflect the importance of compliance with UEFA's financial regulations and the consequences faced by clubs found to have breached them.

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