Following today's Juventus shareholders' meeting, Andrea Agnelli, Pavel Nedved, Fabio Paratici, Marco Re and Giorgio Ricci sat down to speak to the media.
The President was the first to speak.
“In the last two years we have witnessed a most unpleasant series of events which have come about partly due to some irregularities in our ticket sales procedure but partly also because of an investigation by the Anti-mafia commission where reference is made to phone conversations which it has been proved never took place. We have seen a situation which goes very close to, if not beyond, a conflict of interests involving the Di Lello brothers – both lawyers of the same law firm named after themselves – with one of the brothers signing the report on FIGC prosecutors' investigations into Juventus and the other, at the time a member of parliament, reporting to the Mafia and Sport committee of the Anti-mafia Commission.
“Now there is an attempt to create a new situation with allegations that our head of security helped people to bring vile banners into the stadium. This is untrue, as demonstrated by the ruling issued by the FIGC Court of Appeal. With that allegation disproved, it is now being made out that a phone conversation which was included in the records of that ruling has just come to light. You only have to find the papers and read them.
“Here, for example, I have the text of a statement given voluntarily in March 2014 by the owner of that banner in which he first confesses that he was indeed the owner of it before explaining how he brought the banner into the stadium.
“I quote: 'To get the banner in question inside the stadium, I folded it up and hid it on my back underneath the sweater I was wearing. During the match, about 10 minutes into the second half, I decided to get out the banner I had made. I pulled it out from my back and displayed it on the balcony for around ten minutes, then I took it down and threw it on the floor.'
“Attached are photos that show the banner being made.
“That was the banner in the second tier. The one in the first tier was harmless and has nothing to do with [Alessandro] D'Angelo because the recorded phone conversations mention Drughi, who, as everyone knows, are in the second tier.
“As I've said, this is a very painful matter for a club like us who collaborate with the authorities on a daily basis and try to ensure a calm, safe atmosphere is maintained inside the stadium. Remember that there are three parties involved, as I've explained several times to the institutions: club, Ultras and the authorities.
“These events have caused a great deal of distress and even more so given the death of [Raffaello] Bucci, which the authorities are investigating. I will respectfully refrain from commenting on the work of the investigators.
“Juventus respects the rulings, but at our stadium, which is our home, we can display what we like.”
The President went on to thank Giuseppe Marotta and Aldo Mazzia for their work in recent years.
“Both were key to the results we have achieved since 2010. The task of a leader is to train people capable of taking on new responsibilities and it is thanks to their work that we are able to re-appoint the key positions at the club. The organisational model remains the same: Sports Area, Revenue Area and Services Area, headed up by Fabio Paratici, Giorgio Ricci and Marco Re, respectively.”
After the president's introduction, the floor was opened to questions from the media.