Juventus and Coach Allegri Take Stand After Suffering 15 Point Deduction
Massimiliano Allegri, coach of Italian professional football club Juventus, has taken a stand and declared that the chances of the team winning Serie A are all but gone after the team were docked 15 points – the largest penalty ever handed out to a team in Italian football.
Points Deduction Has Serious Consequences
The points deduction was the result of allegations that Juventus attempted to match-fix a Serie B game against Ravenna during the 2004/05 season. Allegri has now taken to the press to comment on the events and has expressed dismay that the team have been punished so severely:
“It’s really a pity. It’s hard to explain our current situation. This will cost us the league title;”
Who Will Juventus Face in the League?
The deduction places Juventus in ninth spot in the league table and means that they will be playing against some of the league’s weakest teams in the coming months. This includes:
- Udinese Calcio
- Livorno and Reggina
Juventus Fans Counter with Positive Attitude
Despite the managerial gloom, Juventus fans remain positive, taking to the streets and rallying around the team in an effort to show their support and love. There have even been calls on social media for fans to boycott the league in protest of the severity of the sanction handed to the Italian giants.
Allegri: The Future Beyond Serie A
Allegri is also looking ahead to a possible UEFA Cup campaign next season:
“Our only target for the next 12 months will be to try and participate in the UEFA Cup this season. We plan to build a strong team for the upcoming season and will do our utmost to get into Europe.”
Regardless of the serious implications of the point deduction for Juventus, the team and its fans remain positive in the face of the sanction. Allegri has a plan for the upcoming year and is focused on continuing to build a strong team that can compete in European competition.