Bentancur and Kulusevski could be suspended for a month over Juventus financial scandal

More fallout from the Prisma scandal is coming out since the original ruling that caused a 15 point Juventus points deduction in Serie A and could lead to Tottenham Hotspur general director of football Fabio Paratici will be suspended from football for 2.5 years. But if this reading of some of the punishments is accurate, Spurs fans are about to get even angrier.

One of the ways Juventus have cooked their books during the pandemic has been to publicly state that their players will temporarily forgo their salaries in order to help the club, but privately paying them under the table. Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini basically admitted it and put the whole plan in the team’s group chat, and the players all accepted their illicit wages. This is important, as Juventus are a publicly traded organization, which subjects things of this nature to extra scrutiny.

It was the club who prepared the books, but it looks like the players who accepted the money could also be in trouble. Italian journalist Paolo Ziliani claims that every Juventus player who accepted the deal could be suspended from football for 30 days. And that includes both Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski.

Here are some excerpts from the Twitter feed. [translation via Google Translate]

All disqualified. For at least a month. In this league. Maybe already soon. And yes, I know, this is not trivial news. The Italian media are shaking at the thought of giving it away, but maybe it’s best not to be disgusted: at least pass out like for -15 [points] is avoided.

All members involved were interviewed and admitted the circumstances. Two players, #DeLigt and #DeSciglio, provided magistrates with a copy of the Whatsapp chat in which #Chiellini explained the scam to everyone, suggesting not to tell reporters about it.

Since we are talking about tariffs, these penalties will be triggered automatically. This means that in a month, or maybe sooner, all players (plus #Sarri) still active will be stopped for a month: including #Dybala, #Demiral, #Kulusevski, #Bentancur etc.

Now okay. I have essentially the same questions about these player suspensions as the 2.5 year one hanging over Paratici’s head – namely, Kulusevski and Bentancur are no longer Juventus players, and that was a decision of the Italian sports court. Does this even apply to their current situation in England and members of Tottenham Hotspur?

Well, we don’t know. We know the court is appealing to FIFA to make Paratici’s suspension apply to all of football, essentially rendering his job untenable from next March. If they can do that, it seems possible that they can push those charges against Bentancur and Kulusevski.

But that’s stupid. I don’t know why you blame the players for participating in a half-baked plan to cook the books during COVID and not the club who actually came up with the plan to begin with. The players just want to be paid, they will accept anything, as long as they think the club supports them and they will get the money that is contractually due to them.

I’m sitting here thinking about the possibility that Tottenham could do without two of their best players because their old club (and ok, their current DoF) decided to commit crimes and get angrier and angrier about irrational way. I hope that is not correct. Hopefully this remains a problem with Juventus and not with Tottenham. I hope I’m making a mountain out of a molehill here.

But anyway, I don’t think so. And it sucks.

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