Juventus appoints Francesco Calvo to head sports activities

MILAN (Reuters) – Juventus (JUVE.MI) has appointed Francesco Calvo, head of the sporting activities of Italian Serie A clubs, as its chief football officer, the club said on Wednesday.

Calvo, who already serves as the club’s chief of staff, will report to CEO Maurizio Scanabino, the company said in a memo.

On Friday, Juventus were handed a 15-point deduction for the season by an Italian football court investigating the club’s transfer deal.

The ruling, which also barred Juventus’ 11 past and current directors from holding positions in Italian football, saw Italy’s most successful team drop from third to 10th in Serie A, a profitable Missed a qualifying spot for the European competition.

Calvo first joined Juventus in 2011 and became Chief Revenue Officer before leaving the club three years later.

He has since worked for both Barcelona FC and AS Roma in Spain before finally returning to the Turin-based club last April.

The company’s football director Federico Cherubini, women’s football director Stefano Braguin and head of football operations Paolo Morganti will report directly to Calvo, the club added.

Mr. Cherubini is one of the directors affected by the ruling, but the ruling does not prohibit managers from retaining certain roles in the company.

With 20 games left in the season, Juve will face fifth-placed Atalanta on Sunday.

Reported by Federico Maccioni and Giulio Piovaccari

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