Despite their recent defeat 1-0 in the dying minutes against Serie A leaders Napoli, there is no denying that Juventus supporters will be happy knowing they are in Champions League positions after getting the 15 points from the deduction once again. This could prove a very important moment in what remains in their season.
Back in January, the Italian giants were handed a 15 league points deduction due to accusations of financial inconsistencies in terms of the numbers they were writing in the accounting books and what were the real amounts, thus leading to the justice system punishing them. This led the club to months of disarray and a lot of controversies.
In fact, most of the people in charge of the Juventus board were removed from their positions and only Pavel Nedved, also a former Juve player, was left unscathed as it seems he had no connection to these crimes. On the other hand, the deduction pretty much doomed their season, sending them all the way to the 10th position back when it was announced.
However, the temporary Juventus board decided to appeal the sanction and they provided testimony to the Collegio di Garanzia, which resulted in the Italian giants getting their points back, at least for the time being. This last part is very important as it points out that there is still room for further investigations and court procedures to hand them another deduction.
This is huge news for Juventus and their supporters for very obvious reasons: they are now back in pole position to qualify for the next edition of the UEFA Champions League and this can help them in the process of rebuilding a squad that has been fairly unbalanced in recent seasons. It is also worth pointing out that Massimiliano Allegri, the current Juventus manager, has been criticized during the vast majority of the season and this situation can help him secure his position as the team’s coach for next year due to him weathering a very complicated storm of results.
The situation is temporary and has significant implications for Italian football in the short term. Juventus is unlikely to emerge unscathed from this situation, especially considering their involvement in the 2006 Calciopoli scandal, which led to their relegation to Serie A that summer
The Juventus faithful can take solace in this silver lining during what has been a very complicated season. If the decision remains as is, there is still room for things to get better.