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19-08-2006, 12:46 AM
Disgraced Italian outfit Juventus have failed to convince the Italian Football Federation to overturn their relegation to Serie B.

The Bianconeri were demoted to the second tier of Italian football, with a 17-point penalty, following their conviction in the Serie A match-fixing trial, and their latest attempt to reverse the ruling has failed to bear fruit.

The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) heard from both Juve directors and the country's federation on Friday in a bid to find common ground over the club's desire to be reinstated to the top division.

However the conciliation court was unable to produce the desired outcome for the Turin outfit who confirmed the blow to their hopes in a short statement that read: "Despite Juventus showing a willingness to conciliate, the meeting didn't achieve conciliation."

Juve chairman Giovanni Cobolli Gigli indicated the historic Italian side will now assess how best to proceed after the failure to secure a return to Serie A.

"We will examine all of our options calmly, convinced as we are, in our search for a more fair punishment," said Cobolli Gigli.

Juventus are hoping to receive the same punishment as Lazio, Fiorentina and Milan who all suffered a points deduction but retained their places in the top division, and an appeal to another Olympic Committee department is now possible.

Didier Deschamps' side are also believed to be considering an external appeal to a civil court or even the European Court of Justice, and their plans should be made clear after a meeting of the club's board of directors on Monday.

Meanwhile Juve's preparations for the new season continue and reports in the Italian press indicate Deschamps is keen on signing Internazionale stopper Nicolas Burdisso.

The Argentinian is understood to be interested in a move to The Bianconeri, snubbing interest from Palermo and Torino in the process, and the two clubs are set to arrange a summit meeting to discuss a potential transfer of the former Boca Juniors man.