Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The Italian scandal, what did we learn?

The appeal process is over, for now, and what has happened?

AC Milan will get to play in the Champions League preliminaries and continue to stay in Serie A, but they will have an eight-point deduction.

Lazio and Fiorentina will not be relegated to Serie B. Instead, they will start the season with a 11 and 19-point deduction respectively.

Juventus will be relegated to Serie B, but their point deduction will only be 17 points instead of 30.

Lazio, Fiorentina and Juventus have all said that they are going to file another appeal. AC Milan has yet to make a statement about future appeals.

So what have we learned? It does seem that these four teams tried to rig the system to help their teams, with Juventus taking the lead. Yet somehow, undermining the entire idea of the sport only gets minor penalties for the clubs involved (and they even bitch about that). Okay, Juventus's penalty is not minor, however, with a 17-point hit, chances are they will be back in Serie A next season.

For the others, the hit will be felt, but AC Milan will still set their chance at the most money making of money makers, the Champions League and Lazio and Fiorentina will still get to welcome all the big Italian clubs to town. I have no doubt that they will take a financial hit because of this, but one must remember, they cheated.

So the fine for cheating is, for all but Juventus, you have a difficult year, but all could be better by next summer. For Juventus, their next year will be harder then the others, but really, come next May, they will be looking at Serie A again.

I really don't see how this crime, which caused the whole soccer world to look bad, can only result in such minor penalties. The word has gone out, cheat all you want and if you get caught, don't worry things will be back to normal in about a year. Sad, sad, sad.


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