Juventus offices raided as club are investigated for false accounting
Juventus are under investigation for 42 transfers that took place between 2019 and 2021
The offices of Italian side Juventus in Turin and Milan were raided on Friday (26 November) as part of an investigation for false accounting.
Italian police arrived at offices in the cities, where they seized documents on information relating to transfers, invoices and financial statements, with the investigation focusing on transfer profits and agent fees between 2019 and 2021.
According to Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, up to 42 transfers are under investigation including deals involving Joao Cancelo, Danilo, Miralem Pjanic and Arthur.
A total of 42 transfers involving Juventus are under investigation from Guardia di Finanza, report Calciomercato. That includes the deal involving Joao Cancelo and the Arthur-Miralem Pjanic swap.
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As reported by Goal.com, the club, alongside six of it's officials - including president Andrea Agnelli and vice-president Pavel Nedved are being investigated.
Former Juve director of football Fabio Paratici - who is now at Tottenham Hotspur, is also under investigation for his involvement.
Investigations are now being undertaken by Italian football watchdog COVISOC and finance regulator Consob into the dealings and profits.
In a statement released by Turin Public Prosecutor's Office, they said: “Since this afternoon, on the orders of this Public Prosecutor's Office, soldiers of the Guardia di Finanza have been carrying out local searches at the Turin and Milan offices of Juventus Football Club Spa.
“The financiers of the Turin Economic-Financial Police Unit, delegated to the investigations, were instructed to find documentation and other useful elements relating to the company financial statements approved in the years from 2019 to 2021, with reference to both the purchase and sale of rights to the sports performance of the players, and the regular formation of financial statements.
“At present, the activities are aimed at ascertaining the crime of false communications from listed companies and issuing invoices for non-existent transactions, towards the top management and the managers of the business, financial and sports management areas."
All in all, investigators are looking at 62 transfers in total at Serie A clubs, with Barcelona and Manchester City two of the clubs involved in deals with players from Italy's top flight.
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