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Juventus president Andrea Agnelli ban lifted for selling tickets to ultra fans

November 18, 2019

first_imgJuventus president Andrea Agnelli’s one-year ban for selling tickets to “ultra” fans was lifted on Monday. However, Agnelli’s original fine of 20,000 euros was increased to 100,000 euros.Juventus’ fine was doubled to 600,000 euros and they will have to play one of their home matches with one of its main sections closed.Juventus will have their Curva Sud closed for the home match against Genoa on January 22.The federation’s prosecutor, Giuseppe Pecoraro, had requested a 2 1/2-year suspension for Agnelli and also appealed the original decision.Agnelli allegedly authorized the sale of season passes and other tickets. He acknowledged meeting with Rocco Dominello, an ultra fan linked to the Calabrian ‘ndrangheta crime mob who has since been sentenced to nearly eight years in prison for scalping.But Agnelli said the meetings came only with large numbers of other fans at celebratory occasions, and that the club never intended to engage in illegal activity.The 42-year-old Agnelli has led Juventus, the club his family has owned for nearly a century, since 2010.Anti-mafia prosecutors said the ‘ndrangheta was involved in scalping among Juventus ultra fans for at least 15 years, guaranteeing order in the stadium in exchange for open ticket access.Juventus denied any wrongdoing.Juventus security director Alessandro D’Angelo and ticketing director Stefano Merulla have had their suspensions and fines canceled. D’Angelo was originally banned for 15 months, while Merulla had been handed a one-year suspension.However, former marketing director Francesco Calvo had his appeal rejected and will be banned for one year and will have to pay a 20,000 euro ($24,000) fine.advertisement(Courtesy: AP)last_img

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