UEFA might exclude Juventus from the Champions League next season, even if the team qualifies through two routes at the end of the season.
Juventus has experienced a turbulent campaign, with the possibility of major ups and downs before the summer break.
In November, Juventus failed to advance beyond the group stage of the Champions League, losing all but one of their group games, which they won against Maccabi Haifa.
They also only won three of their opening nine games in the league, as some questions were being asked about Max Allegri’s management of the team.
The entire board also quit the club, as they were being investigated for false accounting, a charge that ended up costing them 15 points in the league, and a place in the top four, after turning their on pitch fortunes around.
However, the decision was recently reversed, leaving them third in the table, behind Napoli and Lazio, and set for another Champions League campaign, next season.
Even if they don’t finish in the qualifying positions, the Old Lady could still make it through to Europe’s top competition by winning this season’s Europa League, where they will face Sevilla in the semis, after the Spanish side knocked out Manchester United.
But, even if they finish in the top four and win the Europa, the Turin giants may be excluded from the Champions League, and all UEFA competitions.
According toGazzetta dello Sport, UEFA are doing their own investigation into Juve’s finances and are looking at evidence from the Turin Public Prosecutor’s Office.
UEFA will intervene with their own punishment if they deem it necessary, in case no decision has been reached in Italy by the end of June.
This is because the European governing body needs to decide which teams will participate in their three competitions for the upcoming season.
Italian teams will compete in play-offs for the Europa Conference League in August, which necessitates a decision before then.
After losing their most recent three league games, Allegri’s side is engaged in a fierce battle for next season’s European spots.
They currently hold the third position with 59 points, trailing Lazio in second by two points and leading AC Milan and Roma by three points, with Inter Milan and Atalanta still in contention.