Juventus is officially “out of the shield”, according to the words of coach Massimiliano Allegri, affected by the defeat against Inter in a key game to stay at the top of the Serie A table.
When the 45th minute of the first half was already running, striker Álvaro Morata revealed his defensive shortcomings by stepping on Denzel Dumfries inside the area, who immediately threw himself onto the grass for the referee to call the foul.
The first decision was to resume the game, but the VAR appeared to help the central judge make the decision to award the maximum penalty in favor of the visit.
Among the discussions that the play left, the Spanish attacker received a yellow card for the action, while Cuadrado and Milan Skriniar were reprimanded for the strong claims.
The truth is that the Turkish Hakan Calhanoglu took the ball to execute the charge, which was saved by the goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. By rebounding, the Inter player managed to send the ball into the back of the net in the second instance, but the referee sanctioned a foul against the Pole. Before resuming the game, from the free throw, the VAR interceded again for the change of decision and the charge for invasion was repeated. Calhanoglu took responsibility and this time he converted what was the only goal of the match (0-1).
Juventus is in fourth place in the table with 59 points, 7 behind the leadership shared between Milan and Napoli. Apart from the criticism for not being in contention for the title, the bianconeros they face another much more serious problem before the Italian justice system.
The ‘prism’ case
At the end of last year, the Turin prosecutor’s office opened an investigation against ‘Juve’ for alleged inconsistency in the invoices of non-existent transactions and agreements without financial basis for the purchase and sale of players. Even the club’s offices were raided in search of documentation that could contribute in the case against president Andrea Agnelli and his advisers. That is why the Italian justice has decided to call several players from the squad to testify, including Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Paulo Dybala and captain Giorgio Chiellini.
The Sports Newsletter reported on Monday that The Colombian arrived at 10:00 in the morning “to be heard by prosecutors Gianoglio, Bendoni and Santoriello about the so-called salary maneuver.”
It should be noted that no footballer is being investigated by the prosecution, however, they are an important part of the investigation. “They are asked to explain the agreement for the salary cut in 2020, in the covid era, and the return of a part in later years, which for prosecutors would constitute false accounting. Other hearings are not ruled out in the next few hours, ”indicates the Italian media through its web portal.
Cuadrado spent almost noon in the investigation, before giving way to Chiellini, who renewed his bond with Juventus last year for one more season.
The prosecution is seeking evidence to determine that the Turin club made a “master move” to evade taxes and payment of contributions in the midst of the economic crisis that the pandemic generated for European clubs.
The daily ends by assuring that “the interviews carried out to date have not revealed inconsistencies with respect to what has already been assumed by the judiciary on the basis of the seized documentation”, that is to say that, for now, the statements have not given indications of a false accounting in the arrangement that was made in 2020 with several players, including those who are no longer, such as Cristiano Ronaldo himself.