Sampdoria ‘have not paid players for final quarter of 2022 and risk points deduction’
Serie A strugglers Sampdoria ‘have not paid their players for the final quarter of 2022 and risk a points deduction’… just weeks after Juventus were docked 15 POINTS for false accounting
- Sampdoria could be deducted points after reportedly failing to pay their players
- Serie A side Juventus were also docked points last month for false accounting
- And Sampdoria, second bottom in Serie A, are enduring difficulties off the pitch
Serie A side Sampdoria could be hit with a points deduction after failing to pay their players for the final quarter of 2022, according to reports in Italy.
Sampdoria are currently second-bottom in Serie A, nine points adrift of safety, after picking up just two wins from their opening 20 league games.
They are also having difficulties off the pitch after it emerged that Sampdoria owe their players and staff a total of €11m (£9.8m) in wages for the last three months of 2022, as reported by Gazzetta dello Sport.
Owner Massimo Ferrero has until February 16 to make the payment to his players or the team will face a points deduction.
Ferrero, who has owned Sampdoria since June 2014, has been trying to sell the club in recent months, but to no avail.
Sampdoria’s players have reportedly not been paid for the final quarter of 2022
Owner Massimo Ferrero (pictured) has until February 16 to pay the players or Sampdoria will face a points deduction
He previously held the position of president as well, but resigned from this role after he was arrested for corporate crimes and fraudulent bankruptcy in December 2021.
The report also claims that a capital injection of €35-50m (£31-44m) is required to keep the club afloat until the end of the season.
This news caps off a concerning period for a club after a bullet and a threatening letter aimed at Ferrero and former president Edoardo Garrone were sent in an envelope to the club’s headquarters last week.
Should Sampdoria fail to pay their players before this month’s deadline, they will be the second Serie A club to be docked points in the opening weeks of 2023.
Juventus were deducted 15 points by an Italian football court last month after an investigation into false accounting at the club.
The prosecutor of the case alleged that the club had misrepresented losses in the period between 2018 and 2020, particularly regarding the amount ascribed to player sales, and Juventus were handed a heavy punishment.
Their points deduction meant that Massimiliano Allegri’s side dropped out of the top four and into mid-table. The consequences could be even more significant for Sampdoria, who already have an uphill task to stay in the division, as they would face almost certain relegation to Serie B if they are stripped of any points.
Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus were docked 15 points last month for false accounting