Tottenham Ask FIFA To Explain The Situation On Their Banned Director
Written By Onyeka Daniel
Things aren’t looking good for English Premier League side, Tottenham Hotspur at the moment as they’re still dealing with the sacking of their coach, the club have seen their sporting director, Fabio Paratici banned by FIFA.
Paratici was handed the two and a half year ban by the FIGC court in Italy back in January for alleged financial malpractice, in the same sporting trial that saw his former club Juventus be handed a 15-point deduction.
While the ban wasn’t expected to affect him at his new club, FIFA have now made the ban a world wide ban, meaning he will have to step down from his role with Tottenham and the EPL side have now asked the world governing body for clarity on the issue.
The ban was initially limited to just Italian football but they requested that FIFA expand it worldwide, something that occurred today. The former Juventus director has already launched an appeal and will hear his case in court on April 19, when a ruling on the sanctions imposed by the FIGC court will be made.
Other former directors and board members were also punished, including Andrea Agnelli and Maurizio Arrivabene. Tottenham released a statement in response to this ban, which can be found below in full.
“Following media reports today regarding the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decision to extend worldwide the sanction imposed by the FIGC Federal Court of Appeals on Fabio Paratici on 20 January 2023, the Club made urgent enquiries to FIFA.
“FIIFA has late this afternoon responded to us in writing notifying us today, Wednesday 29 March 2023, that a decision has been made by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to extend the FIGC sanction worldwide.
“This committee deliberation has been taken with no advance notice to any of the parties involved. We are urgently seeking further clarification from FIFA as to the details of the extension and its variance from the FIGC sanction.
“We should like to make clear that when Fabio conducted the interview on Club channels yesterday neither he nor the Club had any indication of this decision being made by FIFA, based on the fact the FIGC sanction was taken on 20 January 2023 and remains subject to an Appeal on 19 April 2023. “We shall update on this matter in due course.”
EPL side, Manchester United have been urged by their former striker, Louis Saha to make a move for Brighton winger, Mitoma Kaoru, dispelling concerns that he could struggle to make the leap from a mid-table club to a top club.
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“Yes [Mitoma can play for an elite club]. He’s a terrific player that’s very smart, mobile and agile,” Saha told Betfred. “You’ve seen Leandro Trossard show what he can do at Arsenal and I believe Mitoma is capable of doing the same for a bigger club.
“He’s shown a lot of consistency for Brighton this season and I’m very impressed with him. There’s a difference between playing for Brighton than there is playing for Manchester United, Liverpool or Arsenal, so it would be a big step for Kaoru.” He further added.
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