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Friday, July 14, 2006

Juventus Relegated To Serie B, 30 Points Deduction

Juventus, Lazio, Fiorentina relegated

Juventus, Lazio, and Fiorentina were all relegated to Serie B on Friday after being found guilty of sporting fraud during the 2004/05 Serie A season.AC Milan were found guilty as well, but will remain in Serie A with a 15-point penalty to start the 2006/07 season. However, they will be banned from the Champions League

The three relegated clubs also received points penalties of differing severity on top of their demotion to the second tier of Italian football. Juventus were docked 30 points, Fiorentina 15 points, and Lazio seven points.

In addition, Juventus' Serie A championships from 2004/05 and 2005/06 have both been stripped and all four clubs have been banned from European competition for the 2006/07 season.

Milan were lucky to escape relegation. Juventus' 30-point penalty will make it near impossible to win promotion next season, ensuring that the Turin side are out of Serie A for at least two seasons to come.

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