It was a cause for celebration at Juventus Stadium, as the Old Lady secured their 29th league title and second in a row by defeating Palermo 1-0.
Unfortunately, it was marred by thousands of rambunctious fans who invaded the pitch and defaced the stadium by such acts including taking up pieces of grass and ripping down goal nets, according to Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri, who live tweeted the event.
According to Palmeri, the players’ pitch celebration was cut short, forcing them into the dressing room with armed guards protecting the entrances. They were not able to complete the lap of honor usually reserved for a team that wishes to thanks its fans for support. The squad attempted to return from the dressing room back onto the field after a bit of order had been restored, but a second pitch invasion forced them to return to safety.
It is Juventus’s 29th Scudetto officially, their 31st overall counting the two struck down by Serie A for the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal that left the club demoted to Serie B among other punishments. During the team’s brief pitch celebration, the players held up a giant flag and big posters with the number “31” on it, clearly counting those two titles that were revoked.
The team won with 83 points, 14 ahead of Napoli in second place, with three matches left on Juventus’s schedule.
Palmeri tweeted this picture of the pitch invasion after the team was forced back into the dressing room a second time.
Jurgen Klopp is on his way to Liverpool to sign a contract naming him the next coach of the Reds.
The celebrated manager, 48, has been on “hiatus” from football since leaving Borussia Dortmund last season.
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Reports starting emerging earlier today that an agreement was imminent, and now the BBC is among those reporting that Klopp will be rolled out Friday morning.
From the BBC:
No contract has yet been signed but that is viewed as a formality when Klopp arrives in Liverpool later on Thursday. He will be officially unveiled by Liverpool on Friday morning at 10:00 BST.
There’s not much to say besides this: Klopp’s addition to the Premier League will give more color and brilliance to the country’s footballing scene. Only a certain class of manager can be instantly expected to find a better system for an inherited group of players.
This could and should be a game changer on Merseyside.
It was a mere 48 hours ago that Lionel Messi looked close to in the clear when it came to tax evasion charges.
Now the question is whether a Spanish court will lock away the greatest active footballer, as a judge rejected the prosecutors’ (!!!) request to drop the charges.
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Messi and his father have already made a $5.5 million corrective payment, but there’s principle in play here. And the judge wants to know how Messi can claim he had no idea what was being done with his money.
From the BBC:
Lawyers acting on behalf of the tax authorities demanded 22-month jail sentences for both defendants.
“There are rational signs that the criminality was committed by both accused parties,” wrote the judge in a court filing, according to the AFP news agency.
Can you imagine one of the world’s richer men ending up in a Spanish prison? It’s very difficult to consider. In some ways it’s more plausible that he would buy his own island and start the “Messi Isle Premiership”.
Still, we won’t laugh off the idea, especially with FIFA apparently going down. Messi in prison. That’s something. Sepp in Switzerland. Lionel in Spain.