It is being reported that Juventus have been fined €2million for allowing the release of unauthorised official merchandise.
Supposedly, the club permitted the sales of shirts featuring three gold stars above the badge.
In Italy, teams are allowed a gold star for every ten Serie A titles won and a silver star for every ten Coppa Italia victories.
When Juventus won the league back in 2012 they requested shirts with three stars to be produced by Nike to commemorate their 30th Serie A triumph.
Nike denied this request as Juventus were technically stripped of two Serie A titles after the Calciopoli corruption scandal.
You’ll remember The Old Lady were also relegated to Serie B as part of their punishment.
Despite Nike’s rejection, Juventus commissioned the production of three-starred shirts anyway, which could be purchased by fans but not worn by players for games.
This led to Nike’s mutual termination as Juventus’ kit provider in 2013.
Now the club have been forced to pay Nike €2million in damages, although the sportswear giants initially demanded €80m.
Juventus themselves claim the fine is ‘considerably less’ than €2million.
These days Juventus’ Adidas kit does feature three stars above the badge as they have now legitimately won 32 titles.
Costly mistake it seems.
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