Hearings for capital gains fraud trial begin April 12

The FIGC has set court hearings for April 12, 14 and 15 in the trial over inflated transfer fees and capital gains, including Juventus, Napoli, Sampdoria, Genoa, Empoli and Parma.

The investigation has moved remarkably swiftly by the standards of the Italian sporting justice system, as part of the new code of justice introduced in 2019.

There were 11 clubs deferred to the Disciplinary Commission and put up for trial between Serie A, B and C.

They are Juventus, Sampdoria, Napoli, Pro Vercelli, Genoa, Parma, Pisa, Empoli, Chievo, Novara and Pescara.

These clubs were accused of artificially inflating transfer fees for player exchanges, therefore making it seem as if they were moving more valuable assets and balancing the books.

News agency ANSA reports the first hearings have been set for April 12, 14 and 15, mostly with videoconferencing due to on-going COVID-19 restrictions.

La Gazzetta dello Sport write the aim is to conclude the trial by mid-May, before the end of the 2021-22 season.

This is imperative, because some clubs could even face points penalties if they are found guilty of essentially financial fraud.

It is widely reported the Serie A sides at most will face a fine, whereas Parma and Pisa could have more problems in Serie B.

Of the clubs, Chievo Verona and Novara won’t have issues, seeing as they were already declared bankrupt last summer and no longer exist.

3 Comments on “Hearings for capital gains fraud trial begin April 12”

  1. Italy investigating fake crimes: moving at the speed of light, a few months max

    Italy improving its trash football infrastructure and making any positive changes to its 40 year football setup after missing two world cups: snail pace, maybe in another 50 years they’ll come up with a plan which will take another 50 years to implement

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