Juventus president banned for year over illegal ticket sales

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has been banned for a year for his role in the sale of tickets to fan groups, the Italian Football Federation said September 25, 2017. (AFP/Marco Bertorello)
Updated 26 September 2017
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Juventus president banned for year over illegal ticket sales

MILAN: Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has been banned for a year for his role in the sale of tickets to fan groups, the Italian Football Federation said Monday.
The 41-year-old was also fined 20,000 euros ($23,770) while champions Juventus copped a fine of 300,000 euros ($356,000).
Agnelli was accused of helping sell tickets to ultras fans, several of whom have links with organized crime. The tickets were then resold for a huge profit.
Three other club officials were also banned for a year and fined 20,000 euros by the FIGC who “partially accepted” the demands of prosecutor Giuseppe Pecoraro.
Juventus said it would appeal “in the firm belief that the club is in the right,” adding it was satisfied that the ruling “completely rules out all possible links with organized crime.”
Pecoraro had requested a 30-month suspension and 50,000 euro ($59,000) fine against Agnelli. He had also demanded two Juventus matches be played behind closed doors and a European extension of the ban.
“I’m partly satisfied because we’ve been able to prove the guilt of everyone involved, but the findings were serious that, in my opinion, they should have been punished more, so we’ll appeal,” said Pecoraro.
“I think going to another court will be useful, bearing in mind they went to organized crime, and that is very serious.”
Agnelli — who was recently appointed president of the European Club Association (ECA) — has denied dealing with Rocco Dominello, a supporter very close to the Calabria-based N’drangheta mafia who was sentenced to more than seven years in prison in this case, but had recalled meeting him.
“Obviously the sentence disappoints us, even though the charges were revised,” said Agnelli’s lawyer Franco Coppi, adding that they would now consider an appeal.
Juventus is accused of having ceded blocks of tickets to ultras group when it is not allowed to sell more than four at a time.
The six-time defending Serie A champions had said that they would not request Agnelli to step down if he were found guilty.


France overpower Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup final

Updated 15 July 2018
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France overpower Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup final

  • France overwhelmed Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium
  • Croatia fought hard for an hour but gradually ran out of steam after playing extra time in their three previous matches

MOSCOW: France overwhelmed Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium on Sunday to lift the trophy for the second time in 20 years.
The French, playing their third World Cup final, were made to sweat initially and were lucky to go ahead when Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic headed an Antoine Griezmann free kick into his own net in the 18th minute, the first own goal in a World Cup final.
Ivan Perisic levelled with a powerful shot 10 minutes later but the Croatia midfielder was then penalized for handball following a VAR review and Griezmann stepped up coolly to convert the 38th-minute penalty and put France 2-1 up.
Croatia fought hard for an hour but gradually ran out of steam after playing extra time in their three previous matches, and goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe gave France a three-goal cushion.
Mandzukic pounced on a mistake by France keeper Hugo Lloris to cut the deficit in the 69th minute, making it the highest-scoring final over 90 minutes in 60 years, but Croatia could not find the net again in their first World Cup final.