Dhe entire board of record-breaking Italian soccer champions Juventus Turin, including President Andrea Agnelli, has surprisingly resigned. The Juve bosses reacted to the club’s financial difficulties, including public prosecutor’s investigations into possible accounting fraud. The northern Italians announced this on Monday evening after an extraordinary board meeting.
Ex-professional and vice-president Pavel Nedved also resigned. Maurizio Scanavino was temporarily appointed as General Manager. “We are in a delicate situation for the club,” Agnelli wrote in an email to employees, quoted by the Ansa news agency.
Agnelli had led the club since 2010 and was responsible for one of the most successful eras at Juve. During that period, Turin won the championship nine times in a row, lifted the national cup four times and reached the final of the Champions League twice. The club also moved to a new stadium under Andrea Agnelli, whose family has run Juventus for almost a century.
Recently, Juve got into violent turbulence. In September, the traditional club reported a record loss of 254.4 million euros for the previous season. The Italian stock exchange supervisory authority then intervened, and the public prosecutor’s office is also investigating the club for accounting fraud in 2018, 2019 and 2020. It is said to be about amounts of 115 million euros, which the club noted in the books from fictitious evaluations of its players .