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Juventus Makes Appeals U-Turn

A meeting involving Italian soccer federation (FIGC) President Guido Rossi, Olympic committee (CONI) chief Gianni Petrucci and Juventus President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli appears to have settled the dispute between Italian soccer and the infamous Turin club over a match-fixing scandal that saw Juventus stripped of its titles and banished to Serie B for the upcoming season. After the meeting, Juventus appeared ready to scrap its latest appeal to a Lazio regional civil court, where it sought damages in excess of $160 million. "The board of directors will now evaluate the situation, but I believe there is a good chance that the club will decide to return within the sporting justice system," Juve's Gigli told reporters on Thursday. Football Italia says it looks as though Juventus will opt for a CONI arbitration hearing in an effort to get their point deduction reduced. The FIGC and FIFA had both warned Juventus that the club could face further sanctions if they went ahead with a civil action. Later, the club went ahead with a civil suit anyway, and as yet there have been no such consequences. "Juventus are aware of what [the FIGC] think, we have not changed our mind and will not change it in the future," FIGC's Rossi said. If Juve decides to cooperate and the arbitration hearing proves successful, the club could see its three-match home ban and fine of 120,000 Euros ($150,000) lifted, and their point-deficit reduced to 10 points.

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