- More chaos for Tottenham
- Club searching for new manager
- Paratici ban extended worldwide
WHAT HAPPENED: Paratici, who linked up with Spurs in 2021, was banned for 30 months in January after a long-running investigation that also saw Juventus docked 15 points for financial irregularities. Paratici was one of a whole host of former and current Juventus executives to receive punishment after a hearing at the federal court of appeal. The ban initially applied only to Italian football but has now been extended worldwide, meaning Paratici may have to step down from his role at Tottenham.
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WHAT THEY SAID: "FIFA can confirm that following a request by the Italian FA (FIGC), the chairperson of FIFA disciplinary committee has decided to extend the sanctions imposed by FIGC on several football officials to have worldwide effect," read a statement.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Paratici cannot currently conduct any transfer activity directly but will still be able to work internally at Tottenham, according to Sky Sports. The extended ban comes at a time when Tottenham are searching for a replacement for manager Antonio Conte after parting ways with the Italian. Cristian Stellini will take charge of the team for the rest of the season along with Ryan Mason.
AND WHAT'S MORE: In light of the extended ban handed to their managing director on Wednesday, Tottenham stated they were "urgently seeking further clarification from FIFA" in a statement on the club's website, which read: "Following media reports today regarding the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decision to extend worldwide the sanction [...] on Fabio Paratici on 20 January 2023, the Club made urgent enquiries to FIFA. FIFA has late this afternoon responded to us in writing notifying us [...] 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."
IN A PHOTO:
Paratici may have to wave goodbye to Tottenham after his ban was extended.
WHAT NEXT? Tottenham are back in action for the first time since Conte's departure on Monday, April 3 against Everton at Goodison Park.