Juventus withdraw appeal

Turin, September 1 :

Juventus has decided to withdraw its appeal to an ordinary court in the Italian match-fixing scandal, bringing relief to soccer authorities.

Juventus said on Thursday its board had decided to give up the appeal after receiving “signals of willingness” from sports officials to resolve the situation fairly. Juventus has had meetings with soccer and other sports officials in Rome throughout the week.

In a statement, the club added that it had confidence that in the next level of sports justice it would be “treated significantly better” than its current sentence.

A July 25 sports tribunal ruling stripped Juventus of its last two Serie A titles and relegated the club to the second division with a 17-point penalty.

The Turin powerhouse had announced last week its intent to appeal to an administrative court in Rome.