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Europa League round of 16 draw

Europa League
By ESPN Staff

Juventus to appeal relegation ruling again

ROME, July 25 (Reuters) - Juventus said they would take further legal action after the appeals court in Italy's match-fixing scandal confirmed the club's relegation to the second-tier Serie B division on Tuesday.

The appeals court showed some clemency, reducing their points penalty from 30 to 17 points, but failed to lift the Turin giants back into the top Serie A division.

'We absolutely cannot accept this sentence,' Juventus chairman Giovanni Cobolli Gigli was quoted as saying on the club's website.

'Worst of all, we have been given a penalty which seriously prejudices next season.'

Fiorentina owner Diego Della Valle also raised the possibility that his club would make a further appeal in the civil courts.

Fiorentina were readmitted to Serie A with a 19-point penalty, but were a long way from regaining their place in next season's Champions League.

'It's the first step. We haven't done anything and we will go down every avenue to clear our name,' Della Valle said as he left Rome's Hotel Parco Dei Principi, where the court delivered its verdicts.

'Now we will go to all the opportune courts to remove any shadow of guilt and give back what they have taken from us.'

The news that Lazio had also been reinstated in Serie A - though with an 11-point penalty - was greeted with a huge cheer from a crowd of about 300 fans gathered outside the hotel.

The club's president Claudio Lotito, however, appeared less pleased.

'I'm not satisfied at all. Lazio has not broken any rule,' he told Italian state broadcaster RAI.

'The fact that we will not be taking part in the UEFA Cup (for finishing sixth in Serie A last season) is not in line with the truth'.

The fourth club involved, AC Milan, have not yet commented after having their sentence reduced to allow them to play in next season's Champions League qualification round.