Monday, July 17, 2006

Four teams penalized in Italian soccer scandal

The verdict is in and the penalties are harsh. Soccer clubs Juventus, Lazio and Fiorentina have all been demoted to Serie B for the 2006-07 season and were given "minus" points in the standings for this season. Juve will also forfeit the two league titles or "scudetti" they won in 2005 and 2006.

AC Milan will remain in Serie A but will face a 15 point deficit this season. All four teams have filed for an appeal of the rulings.
Juve loses last two titles
Juve demoted
All four appeal

Meanwhile, AC Milan insists that little player movement is expected because of the penalties, while others think that many will leave their clubs.
AC Milan confident
Exodus coming in Serie A?

The changes will have implications of the upcoming season of the Champions League and UEFA Cup games.
AC Milan may play in UEFA Cup


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