28 July 2023
Turin, 28 July 2023 – Juventus Football Club S.p.A. (“Juventus” or the “Company”) informs that today the First Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (“UEFA CFCB”) has taken the decision to definitively close the proceeding initiated on 1st December 2022 aimed at verifying the respect of the UEFA regulatory framework. Juventus, while continuing to consider the alleged violations insubstantial and its actions correct, has declared to accept the decision by waiving to appeal, expressly excluding, with the UEFA CFCB acknowledgment, that this may constitute admission of any liability against itself.
The decision of the First Chamber of the UEFA CFCB entails the termination of the Settlement Agreement between UEFA and Juventus dated 31 August 2022 and the exclusion of Juventus from the UEFA Conference League of the sport season 2023/2024. As a result of the decision, Juventus (i) will be required to pay an financial contribution of € 10 million, in part withheld from the income from participation in UEFA competitions in the next sport seasons, and (ii) may be required to pay an additional conditional financial contribution of € 10 million in the event that Juventus’ financial reports as at 30 June 2023, 2024 and 2025 contain material violations of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Sustainability Regulations (“CL&FS”); this conditional amount would potentially be withheld from the income from participation in UEFA competitions in the next sport seasons.
Statement by President Gianluca Ferrero:
“We regret the decision of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body. We do not share the interpretation that has been given of our defense, and we remain firmly convinced of the legitimacy of our actions and the validity of our arguments.“However, we have decided not to appeal this judgment. This decision is in line with the one taken last May in the context of the disputes with the FIGC. As in that case, we prefer to put an end to the period of uncertainty and ensure full visibility and certainty to our internal and external stakeholders about the club's participation in future international competitions. Lodging an appeal, possibly to other levels of judgement, with uncertain outcomes and timing, would increase the uncertainty with respect to our eventual participation in the 2024/25 UEFA Champions League. Instead, we want the first team, our fans, our sponsors, suppliers and financial partners to be able to experience the 2023/24 season with the utmost serenity and certainty with respect to the results achievable on the pitch, especially after the turbulent past season.
“Despite this painful decision we can now face the new season by focusing on the field and not on the courts.
“We now focus our attention on the Championship and the Italian Cup: we will do our utmost to give our fans the greatest possible satisfaction in these competitions.”