Juventus throw their hands up on accusations of Luis Suarez’s citizenship test
The sporting director, Fabio Paratici, of the Italian football club, Juventus has been placed under investigation over an alleged attempt to “speed up” Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez’s bid for citizenship.
Juventus have claimed their innocence after it was confirmed the club’s management is under further investigation by Italian police over the collapsed transfer of Luis Suarez from Barcelona.”
Suarez took a ‘B1’ citizenship test as Juventus already had their non-EU quota filled. Since Suarez’s wife has an Italian passport so passing the test would mean Suarez wouldn’t take up a non-EU spot. Suarez obtained the intermediate qualification needed for citizenship in 15 minutes, having only done the oral part of the exam, according to Reuters news agency.
The university has denied any wrongdoing. Announcing the results of an inquiry on Friday, chief prosecutor Raffaele Cantone said:
Juventus’s management “took action, even at the highest institutional levels, to ‘speed up’ the granting of Italian citizenship for Suarez”.
The Prosecutors say the contents of the test were communicated in advance and the result was predetermined. They have called for four university officials involved in administering the test to be suspended for eight months.
Juventus have strongly backed their sporting director, Fabio Paratici. The Italian club released a statement saying:
Juventus Football Club confirms that today Fabio Paratici has been notified of information regarding the guarantee and the right of defence. The Club strongly reiterates the correctness of Paratici’s work and is confident that the ongoing investigations will help clarify his position within a reasonable time,” Juventus said in a statement.”
Suarez, however, didn’t complete his move to the Italian champions, instead, he moved to Atletico Madrid where he is enjoying his life having scored 5 times already this season. Meanwhile, Juventus went for Alvaro Morata instead.
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