A director at storied Italian soccer club Juventus was revealed on Friday to be a suspect in a criminal investigation linked to the attempt to sign Luis Suárez.
Juventus said in a statement its sports director Fabio Paratici has been notified of his involvement in an investigation by prosecutors in the city of Perugia.
Suárez was linked to a move in September from Barcelona to nine-time defending Serie A champion Juventus.
The Uruguay forward started the process to get an Italian passport that would ease the move, and sat an Italian language test that was allegedly fixed for him.
If Suárez had Italian citizenship he would not need to occupy a Juventus quota spot for non-European Union players. The move did not happen and Suárez instead joined Atlético Madrid.
Juventus said it “strongly reiterates the correctness of Paratici’s work and is confident that the ongoing investigations will help clarify his position within a reasonable time.”
Paratici is a former player who has worked for 10 years at Juventus.
Source – Associated Press