What happened?

Last week, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli and vice-president Pavel Nedved resigned, alongside the entire board of directors. A club statement said: "The board of directors, considering the focus and relevance of the pending legal and technical-accounting issues, have deemed it in the best interest to recommend that Juventus adopt a new board of directors to deal with these issues."

Those who resigned are board members Laurence Debroux, Massimo Della Ragione, Katryn Fink, Daniela Marilungo, Francesco Roncaglio, Giorgio Tacchia and Suzanne Keywood.

Why have they resigned?

The remarkable development comes after after the club's financial affairs were placed under the microscope by prosecutors and financial regulator CONSOB for alleged false accounting and communication. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the club deferred salary payments for 23 players and it's alleged they were later paid "in the black" to allow the club to avoid tax, and statements were allegedly falsified to make out the books had been balanced. Juventus have denied any wrongdoing. However, the outgoing board "considered to be in the best social interest to recommend that Juventus equip itself with a new board of directors to address these issue".

Who is Andrea Agnelli?

Agnelli had been Juventus president since 2010, where he became the fourth member of his family to assume the position, following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and uncle. The 49-year-old has also been a prominent figure in the politics of European football and was appointed chairman of the European Club Association in 2010. He was a key driving force behind the failed European Super League, with Juventus one of only three clubs, alongside Barcelona and Real Madrid, not to have disavowed the project.

Who has replaced him?

Juventus have confirmed Gianluca Ferrero as Agnelli's succesor. The 59-year-old economics expert was the preferred candidate of the club's holding company, Exor. Maurizio Scanavino has been named the new chief executive.