Paul Pogba’s Agent Banned For Three Months.
By Dan Tracey
There is no doubting that this football season has been nothing short of exhilarating and whether it be on a domestic or continental front, we have seen plenty of drama unfold over the course of the past nine months.
Soon we will know just who will be crowned Premier League champions and of course, we will also be treated to an all-English Champions League final, as Liverpool and Tottenham will invade Madrid on June 1st.
Once European football’s showpiece event is completed at the start of the next month, the focus will then shift to the opening of the upcoming transfer window and the big money moves that have long been on the horizon.
One of the players that is expected to command a big transfer fee in the off-season is Paul Pogba of Manchester United and although his agent Mino Raiola is expected to play a big part in any move, he also has some other business to attend to.
That’s because the ‘super-agent’ has been slapped with a three month ban from the Italian Football Association (FICG) and this now means that the man who also represents the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Balotelli can conduct no business on his homeland.
In addition to that the long arm of the Italian footballing authorities has also been extended to Raiola’s close family and not only has the 51-year-old been served with a ban, but his cousin Vincenzo will have to be inactive for the next two months.
To make the circumstances all the more confusing, neither member of the Raiola clan has been told as to why they have been given this punishment and this is certainly an issue that will be raised by their solicitors.
Although nothing has been confirmed, it is believed that was the transfer of Gianluca Scamacca from Roma to PSV in 2015, is the one that has drawn the attention of the FICG and they in turn have handed out a punishment that they deem necessary.
While a statement from the FICG said ‘The Sports Procurators Commission, any other exception, deduction and defence rejected, condemns Mr Carmine [Mino] Raiola and Mr Vincenzo Raiola, on his own behalf and as legal representatives of the companies they represent to sanction of the suspension from the exercise of the activity of sports attorney to the extent, respectively: with regard to Mr. Carmine Raiola, of 3 months, with regard to Mr. Vincenzo Raiola, of 2 months.’
Even though this is a ruling that Mino and his cousin would not have wanted to hear, it is a ban that only is active in Italy and therefore it will not put a stop on any potential high-profile moves taking place across the continent.
This means that Mino Raiola is free to play a major role in what looks like being the transfer saga that will drag out across the summer and with Manchester United resigned to Europa League football next season, don’t be surprised if Paul Pogba eventually swaps Old Trafford for the Santiago Bernabeu.