Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has been handed a one-year ban from football for his role in a ticket scalping scandal.
Agnelli was suspended and given a €20,000 fine by the FIGC, Italy’s football federation. The club was fined €300,000.
Agnelli allegedly approved the sale of season passes and other tickets above the allowable limit to Juventus’ ‘ultra’ fans.
Agnelli has confirmed that he was in a meeting with Rocco Dominello, an ultra linked to the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta crime mob who has since been sentenced to nearly eight years in prison for scalping. The Juventus president claims that it was only with large numbers of other fans during celebrations, and stated that the club never intended to get involved in illegal activity.
Giuseppe Pecoraro, the FIGC prosecutor, had requested a 2.5-year suspension, a fine and an order to force Juventus to play two home matches behind closed doors.
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