Tuesday July 19 2011
Juve to take Calciopoli action

Juventus are now assessing their next move after the Italian Football Federation [FIGC] opted against taking the 2006 Scudetto away from Inter.

The FIGC's executive committee met on Monday and, after consulting lawyers, ruled that they had no power to strip the Calciopoli tainted title from the Nerazzurri.

"The outcome of today's Federal Council confirms the absolute treatment inequality in the event of similar circumstances," a note from the Old Lady stated.

"The petition submitted 14 months ago by Juventus allowed for a deep examination, unfortunately not followed by any acceptance of responsibility by the sports bodies involved, who instead dismissed their political role as governance.

"It is understood that, in order to protect their millions of fans, as well as the shareholders and employees, Juventus must pursue the right and proper verification of facts while looking for treatment equality.

"Therefore, the club's lawyers have been given the mandate to identify the best protection instruments in the administrative and international law.

"Management and lawyers are simultaneously proceeding with the assessment of the economic damages caused by such behaviour.

"Since today's decision is far from providing equality and justice, Juventus want to assert all the internationally applicable rules at every relevant office."

Juve were stripped of the 2005 and 2006 championships for their part in Calciopoli. The first of those Scudetti was unassigned, while the second was handed on to the San Siro giants.

However, following revelations from the legal trial in Naples which suggested that there were more widespread attempts to influence referees, including from Inter, Juve asked the FIGC to review the case.

Juventus were demoted to Serie B in 2006, while Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio and Reggina were handed point penalties.

Juve's first step may be to launch an appeal to CONI – the Italian National Olympic Committee.

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