Yet more details are starting to emerge in the investigation into Juventus’ ‘Plusvalenza’ case, with both Giorgio Chiellini and Federico Cherubini the latest to be involved. The investigation was opened by the Turin Public Prosecutor’s Office and is looking at alleged false accounting and the clubs financial reports for particular years, before, during and after the Covid Pandemic.
La Repubblica report this morning that former Bianconeri captain Chiellini allegedly sent a message to his teammates via WhatsApp group, telling them ‘guys, calm down. I’m going to the president and I’ll sign a writ of guarantee.’ The message was reportedly in relation to the public declaration the players would agree a salary cut during the pandemic.
Chiellini reportedly invited his teammates not to discuss the situation with journalists, in part because the official statement published the following day would’ve been different from the one agreed upon in the meeting, due to the clubs listing on the stock market.
Corriere della Sera report that a phone call took place between sporting director Cherubini and financial director Stefano Bertola, where Cherubini said that “fortunately, in light of the recent visits, we have stopped”, referring to the capital gains used prior under previous director Fabio Paratici.
La Stampa report that the judge in preliminary investigation decided against subjecting Juventus President Andrea Agnelli to house arrest, reasoning that “the use of the capital gains method has already stopped and there’s doubts about the intent”. There are suggestions that the Bianconeri used a system that has already been used by other clubs in Europe.