Ex-Ferrari team principal slapped with ban amid cheating scandal

The plusvalenza scandal at Juventus rocked the football world earlier this week.

Juventus are not exactly strangers to corruption and scandals in Italian football, with the team being relegated in the 2000s after it was revealed that the team had been involved in match fixing.

Now, the team find themselves caught up in the plusvalenza scandal, which saw the entire Juventus board shockingly resign during the FIFA World Cup in November.

An investigation into the clubs finances it was found by the Federal Court of the Italian Football Federation that the team had misrepresented their financial losses between 2018 and 2020.

Juventus’ punishment is a severe one, with the team being docked 15 points from their current Serie A season, which drops them down to 10th place, and a number of their key members of staff receiving bans from the sport.

READ: Cyril Abiteboul addresses Hyundai’s rumoured F1 entry

One of these staff members is ex-Ferrari chief Maurizio Arriavabene, who has been banned from football for two years following the investigation into Juventus despite being one of those to resign at the end of last year.

The Italian was the team principal of Ferrari between 2014 and 2019 before he was replaced by Mattia Binotto, who called time on his career with Ferrari following a disappointing 2022 campaign.

Having been a member of the Juventus board since 2012, a move to the team following his release from Ferrari seemed inevitable and he was announced as the CEO of the team in 2021.

READ: ‘I have no degree’: Sebastian Vettel trying to be realistic in post-F1 career

Article continues below

It has been reported that Juventus have 30 days to launch an appeal against Federal Court’s verdict, which will most likely be unsuccessful because of the nature of the wrongdoing and the evidence for it.

If this appeal is rejected, Arrivabene will have to serve his two year ban from football along with other high-profile football names such as former Balon D’Or winner Pavel Nedved and current Tottenham Hotspur sporting director Fabio Paratici.

The points deduction could spell disaster for Juventus, as a number of players such as Dusan Vlahovic have signed for the team in recent seasons on high wages and with the promise of Champions League football which now looks unattainable for the team who now languish in mid-table.