September 14 – Italian Serie A club Chievo have been deducted three points and fined €200,000 by the Italian Football Association (FIGC) for false accounting, leaving them on minus two.
Chievo president Luca Campedelli was also banned for three months after the club was found guilty of deliberately inflating the figures of transfer dealings with Cesena, now in Serie D, in order to have the necessary balance sheets to register for the past three seasons.
The FIGC’s sports tribunal found Chievo guilty of adding around €27 million to the real transfer fees of young players from lower-league Cesena between 2015 and 2018.
The FIGC’s prosecutor had requested a 15-point deduction but Chievo said it will appeal the reduced sentence.
“We are amazed and dissatisfied by the outcome of today’s ruling,” Chievo said on its website.
“We firmly believe, now more than ever, the club has always acted with honesty and transparency, and the investigations by the prosecutor were not carried out properly.”
“We therefore believe Chievo Verona does not deserve this reduced penalty, which for that matter is clearly the result of the awareness on the part of the court of the weakness of the prosecution’s case. We will therefore appeal, confident the sporting justice will at the end recognise our reasoning.”
Chievo have one point from their first three games and are rock bottom of the Serie A table.
“The two clubs were referred for approving variations in the registration of some players, indicating a payment higher than the real [value],” said the Italian Football Federation.
The case against Cesena was dropped after the club went bankrupt during the summer.
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