Juventus have been deducted 10 points in a new ruling by the Italian football federation’s appeals court after an investigation into the club’s transfer dealings found evidence of false accounting.
The decision sees Juventus drop from second place to seventh in the Serie A, making it highly unlikely they will reach the Champions League.
Juventus were handed a 15-point penalty in January, while several members of its former board were also given bans from football activities, including former president Andrea Agnelli.
The points deduction was suspended last month on an appeal to the country’s highest sports court within the Italian Olympic Committee and referred back to the football federation’s appeals court for a new trial.
A sports trial in the case was then reopened based on information from the Turin prosecutors, leading to the points deduction. Juventus had initially been cleared by the sports court the previous April.
Following the news, Juventus suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Empoli. The Serie A season has two rounds left, including a key encounter against AC Milan as Juventus attempts to avoid missing the Champions League for the first time in 11 seasons.