Mino Raiola ban could end Paul Pogba’s summer exit plans

Date published: Saturday 11th May 2019 8:13

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Agent Mino Raiola’s three-month ban on brokering transfers has been extended to have “worldwide effect” by FIFA.

The Italian-born Dutchman has a number of high-profile players on his books, including Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Mario Balotelli.

On Thursday the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) banned him from practising as an agent in Italy until August 9, though Raiola has claimed he has not been given a reason for the suspension.

World governing body FIFA’s disciplinary committee has now notified Raiola and his cousin Vincenzo, banned for two months by the FIGC, that the sanctions have been extended internationally.

FIFA said on Friday: “The chairman of the FIFA disciplinary committee has today decided to extend the sanctions imposed by the FIGC on the intermediaries Carmine (Mino) and Vincenzo Raiola to have worldwide effect.

“Carmine Raiola is suspended for a period of three months and Vincenzo Raiola for a period of two months.”

Raiola on Thursday blamed the initial ban on “political willing” inside the FIGC.

“I guess the FIGC has not forgiven me when I have diffused my critics for their role in the disastrous state of Italian football, as well as their role around the latest episode of the racism problem and my opinions could have had an influence in the evaluation of the matter,” he said in a statement.

The 51-year-old added: “I will seek justice against this injustice and for freedom of speech in every legal court possible to me as my main task is the interest of Italian football.”

Raiola’s client Pogba has been linked with a move away from Manchester United this summer, most regularly with Real Madrid but a return to Juventus has also been mooted.

Raiola’s statement, released before FIFA’s ruling, concluded: “This discussion is contained to the Italian territory and has no repercussion on the players I represent.”

The ban begins immediately and will end after the English summer transfer window closes on August 8, meaning Pogba’s hopes of securing a move away from Old Trafford could be scuppered.

 

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