Juventus have been docked 10 points in another twist in the case against the club over alleged false accounting.
The 10-point deduction drops Juve to seventh in Serie A, six points off a Champions League place with three matches left to play.
Juventus were originally given a 15-point deduction in January after claims they had misrepresented their losses between 2018 and 2020, particularly regarding the amount credited to player sales.
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That decision was reversed after the Sports Guarantee Panel of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) determined that the case should be re-examined.
However, the Federal Court of Appeal have now ruled on a 10-point docking.
The decision was announced shortly before Juventus took on Empoli in Serie A. To make matters worse for Juve, they were trounced 4-1 by the home side with a brace from Francesco Caputo, and a goal each for Sebastiano Luperto and Roberto Piccoli, Federico Chiesa scored a late consolation goal.
Juventus said in a statement: "Juventus Football Club takes note of what was decided by the FIGC Court of Appeal and reserves the right to read the reasons to evaluate a possible appeal to the Guarantee Board at CONI.
"What was established by the fifth instance of judgment in this matter, which began more than a year ago, arouses great bitterness in the club and in its millions of supporters who, in the absence of clear rules, find themselves extremely penalised with the application of sanctions that seem to take into account the principle of proportionality.
"While not ignoring the need for urgency, which Juventus has never shied away from during the proceedings, it is emphasised that these are facts that still have to be evaluated by a judge."
Napoli have already been crowned Serie A champions with Lazio, Inter Milan and AC Milan now occupying the remaining Champions League places.
Fourth-placed AC Milan are three points ahead of Atalanta in fifth.
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