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By ESPN Staff

Source: Juventus could drop appeal for lesser penalty

MILAN -- Juventus might drop its appeal against a match-fixing ruling that demoted them to Serie B in exchange for a lesser penalty, a source close to the Italian club said on Wednesday.

Dropping the appeal could clear the way for the start of the Serie A season, which has been delayed by two weeks to Sept. 9 as Juve appeals to a civil court against a sports tribunal's ruling that sent them down to Serie B with a 17-point penalty.

An accord between Juventus, the Italian Football Federation and the Italian Olympic Committee could be based on a reduction in the penalty points, the source told Reuters.

Details have not been worked out, the source said.

The possible agreement followed a meeting on Wednesday between Juve chairman Giovanni Cobolli Gigli, Olympic Committee President Gianni Petrucci and federation head Guido Rossi.

The Turin club's board could decide the matter in a meeting scheduled for Thursday.

In July, a sports tribunal hearing the match-fixing case stripped Juventus of its last two titles and put it in second tier Serie B with the points penalty.

Juve has argued that the punishment is too harsh.

Three other clubs caught up in the scandal -- AC Milan, Fiorentina and Lazio -- kept their top-flight Serie A status, but with points penalties.