Juventus president subject of tax probe

ROME - Juventus president Jean-Claude Blanc and previous incumbent Giovanni Cobolli Gigli are being probed as part of an investigation into the Turin club's taxes.

The Serie A club said in a statement on Thursday that the move was standard practice for an investigation of this kind regarding possible irregularities in value added tax payments.

"The club states that the previous president, Giovanni Cobolli Gigli, and the current one, Jean-Claude Blanc, in January 2010 received an invitation to appear before the Turin Prosecutors' Department to illustrate their position regarding the hypothesis of tax offences over disputed VAT for the tax years 2005, 2006 and 2007," Juventus said.

"The club and their managers can declare that they have always observed the law and sporting regulations," Juve added in the statement posted on their website.