President Andrea Agnelli and vice president Pavel Nedved have both officially left Juventus. The Serie A football team makes a brief announcement: “The board of directors of Juventus, chaired by Andrea Agnelli, has resigned in the best interest.” Juventus keep CEO Maurizio Arrivabene until the team has a new leadership.
The collective resignation comes after Juventus’ financial statements were found by Italian prosecutors and market regulators to have irregularities in the Italian club’s books and opened an investigation. They accused Juventus of wrongdoing.
At the time of the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in 2020, the players and coach Maurizio Sarri agreed to reduce their salaries to help the club. However, the financial statements of “Old Lady” appear unusual.
Juventus denied the allegation. They assert, the matter will be best resolved by a new Board of Directors, due to “the involvement of pending legal, as well as technical/accounting issues.”
Juventus said it will convene a shareholder meeting on January 18 to appoint a new Board of Directors. Andrea Agnelli, who has worked for Juventus since 2010, will not be re-elected.
In a letter to Juventus staff, according to Reuters, Andrea Agnelli described the team’s situation as “sensitive”. Mr. Agnelli said: “When the team is not cohesive, everything becomes vulnerable. This is the time to stay calm and limit the damage.
We are going through a sensitive and disconnected period. It is better that all give up together, giving a chance for a new Council to reverse the situation.”
More than 2 months ago, Juventus announced a loss of 254.3 million euros in the fiscal year 2021/22. The club’s revenue also fell but operating costs increased. In fiscal year 2020/21, Juventus also lost 209.9 million euros. Over the past 3 years, Juventus has lost 534 million euros.
The reduction of television rights in Serie A, and early elimination in the 2021/22 Champions League and the aftershocks of the Covid-19 epidemic are said to be the reasons why Juventus struggled. “Old Lady” does not expect the situation to improve this season.
Juventus’ performance has really plummeted in recent years. Last season, they only finished 4th in Serie A. Currently, Juventus is also eliminated from the group stage of the Champions League 2022/23. In the domestic front, the situation has improved, but they are still 10 points behind the top team Napoli.
Mr. Agnelli said his team’s lack of unity was to blame. In September, the European press revealed the conflicting Juventus leadership. Nedved wanted to fire coach Allegri after the club’s performance went down, on the contrary, Agnelli and Arrivabene wanted to give this coach more time.
With what’s going on, Juventus is really in chaos.
Tieu Lam – according to xevathethao.vn | 05:28 11/29/2022