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Deschamps Shock at Juve Decision

Juventus boss Didier Deschamps is reportedly upset with the club's decision to abandon its appeal to an Italian civil court. Yesterday the club's board ratified a decision to turn instead to a CONI (Italy's Olympic committee) court of arbitration hearing in a final attempt to have its 17-point deduction reduced or cancelled. Said Deschamps, "I must admit that I don't understand why the board of directors took this decision, this is the only thing I can say at the moment." Juve captain Alessandro Del Piero also expressed disappointment with the board's decision. "We must now roll up our sleeves and focus on our training, as I really don't know if our point-deduction will be reduced," he said. Giovanni Cobolli Gigli, the president of Juventus, said the decision was considered for a long time, but was ultimately voted for unanimously. "This decision is good for Juventus, but not only for Juventus," Gigli said. Italian papers have implied this morning that an agreement has already been reached, claiming Juve will start the Serie B season with just a five-point penalty.

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