ROME: Fallen Italian giants Juventus, who were demoted to the second division last month with a penalty of minus 17 points for match-fixing, officially lodged their appeal with a civil court yesterday.
It follows an unsuccessful appeal to the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), Italy's highest sports authority, and could result in heavier sanctions for the club from the Italian football federation (FIGC).
The civil court that Juventus are turning to in a bid to be reinstated in Serie A is the Regional Administrative Court of Lazio, or TAR as it is known in Italy. The TAR has the authority to overturn rulings made by sports federation bodies, but is normally reluctant to intervene in sporting issues.
The FIGC, who handed the Turin club their punishment, wanted to keep the matter in the hands of sports bodies rather than the criminal courts and fear the move could delay the start of the domestic season, which is due to begin on Sept 9-10.
Such action is also against the regulations of FIFA, world football's governing body.
On Wednesday, the FIGC told FIFA they would sanction clubs who have infringed article 27 of its rules, which forbids clubs taking cases to civil courts.
Article 61-2 of FIFA's rules also states that appealing to civil courts is forbidden . AFP