Juventus ‘could be fined staggering £51MILLION for hiding alleged secret payment to Man Utd star Cristiano Ronaldo’

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JUVENTUS could reportedly be fined a staggering £51million for hiding an alleged secret payment to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Bombshell secret documents claim Juventus promised to pay now-Manchester United star Ronaldo a £17m fee during the Covid-19 pandemic.

And the Mail says Juventus could potentially face a fine of up to £51m as punishment.

Yesterday, La Gazzetta dello Sport reported the club are being investigated amid claims they falsified documents including balance sheets in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

That’s after Juventus said players would take significant wage cuts during lockdown.

Gazzetta also claims to have already sourced a secret document signed by Ronaldo and Juventus, making reference to a “famous document that should not have theoretically existed”.

It is alleged the agreement – possibly omitted from official audits – vowed to pay Ronaldo £17m, even if he left the Turin-based team.

Juventus were cleared of the accusation by the Sporting Justice earlier in 2022.

Meanwhile, La Stampa, another Italian newspaper, reported on Monday that Ronaldo was approached for a comment by prosecutors but refused to talk.

A statement from Juventus’ lawyers read: “It is important to remember that the subject of capital gains for so-called swap transactions is the one from which the whole investigation by the Turin Public Prosecutor’s Office, which ended yesterday, began.

“This is an issue today that does not warrant news, insofar that two sports justice bodies have already recognised the full accounting regularity of the company, which has acted in full consistency with the practice of the football industry.

“As for salary reductions, as well as other related costs and changes, these are key corporate government initiatives adopted during the emergency of the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to the suspension of football competitions and the closure of stadiums.

“The company, during a press release dated March 28 2020, made known, in full transparency to the market and to the shareholders, a reduction in salaries agreed with the players, pointing out that any additions to the remuneration would be negotiated and paid if or when the sports competitions were resumed and the stadiums were reopened.

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