The Mad Old Lady

As some of you may recall, I spent much of the summer alternately chuckling and raging over Juventus’ demotion to Serie B and their subsequent lack of grace in throwing around various threats about what they would do to the Italian FA as soon as it became clear exactly how much it was going to cost them. Those of you who, like me, enjoy dipping their toes into the shimmering waters of the discomfort of the fallen giants, will be delighted to know that, even if they do back up this season, they’ll have lost an absolute packet. Sky Italia have, as reported on here back in August, only paid a fraction of the money that they were going to pay them. In addition to this, Nike have slashed their payments to them, and their main sponsors, Tamoil, have recently announced that they will not be continuing their support after the end of this season. The total amount of money that they’ve lost? A somewhat staggering ninety million Euros. Stop sniggering at the back. Their points deduction means that, in spite of excellent form this season, they’re by no means assured of promotion as things stand, either. They’ve only lost once in the league this season, but they currently sit just two points clear of Napoli – with Genoa in third place, just a further point behind. They may...

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