Juventus received a 15-point deduction in response to the investigation into their most recent financial dealings.
According to FootballItalia, this news comes after the FIGC (the Italian soccer federation) decided to reopen the capital gains case on the club started last year.
This is unfortunate news for the club. Juve has pulled itself out of the middle of the table after a rough start to the season. They had moved into third place and were competitive for a spot in a European tournament next season. With the 15-point deduction, they will be dropped to the middle of the table. This means that the will need every possible point to make up that ground.
Juventus has really struggled this season and this deduction could derail the whole season even with a number of games left to play.
Unfortunately, this team still has a lot of problems. They are struggling still with a number of injuries. Their offensive output has been somewhat weak, as well. They certainly have the talent to win the majority of their next 20 matches. They can’t afford, however, any lost opportunity and perfection is certainly hard to achieve.
This will more than likely complicate any transfer signings that the club may have been interested in completing this January. World-class players may not want to sign for the club if they know that the future is a bit murky with the ongoing investigation. This could also affect any summer transfer ideas.
There is still, of course, a lot of information that still needs to be released and there may be further punishments down the road. All we know for now, however, is that this is going to set Juve back and hurt their prospects for the season dramatically.