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szdaily -> Sports
1-year ban for Juve chief over ticket sales
    2017-September-27  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

JUVENTUS president Andrea Agnelli was banned for one year by the Italian soccer federation Monday for his role in selling tickets to hard-core “ultra” fans that encouraged scalping.

The court also fined Juventus 300,000 euros (US$350,000). The ban comes less than three weeks after Agnelli was elected to chair the 220-member European Club Association.

Agnelli’s lawyer said they will appeal. The federation’s prosecutor, Giuseppe Pecoraro, also said he would appeal for a harsher sentence. Pecoraro had requested a suspension of two years and a half, a fine and an order to force Juventus to play two home matches behind closed doors.

“I am partially satisfied because we managed to prove everyone’s guilt but the facts are so serious that I think they should be punished more,” Pecoraro told Italian news agency Ansa. “I think the judgment of another court would be useful, taking into account that the resources coming from the ticket scalping went to a criminal organization, and that is very serious.”

Agnelli allegedly authorized the sale of season passes and other tickets. He has acknowledged meeting with Rocco Dominello, an “ultra” fan linked to a Calabrian crime mob, who has since been sentenced to nearly eight years in prison for scalping.

But Agnelli said the meetings came only with large numbers of other fans at celebratory occasions and that the club never intended to engage in illegal activity.

Juventus security director Alessandro D’Angelo has been banned for 15 months while ticketing director Stefano Merulla and former marketing director Francesco Calvo have also been handed one-year suspensions.

The 41-year-old Agnelli has led Juventus, the club his family has owned for nearly a century, since 2010. Agnelli has also been a non-voting member of the UEFA executive committee since 2015. He received full voting rights last week at a UEFA meeting in Geneva.

(SD-Agencies)

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