- Tottenham Hotspur Football club director Fabio Paratici has received a worldwide 30-month ban
- Paratici was handed the ban at first within the borders of Italy during his time at Juventus
- The ban has however been extended into a global one meaning he will have to step down from his Tottenham role
Tottenham Hotspur has requested an urgent “further clarification” from FIFA after Fabio Paratici ban was extended globally “without prior notice” to the team.
In January, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) banned 11 people after Juventus was found guilty of alleged breaches in historical transfer transactions.
As part of the punishment, the Bianconeri were docked 15 points in Serie A, despite Paratici and Juve denying any wrongdoing and filing an appeal with the Italian Olympic Committee against the original sanctions.
The FIGC imposed a 30-month ban on Paratici, but he continued to play for Spurs because his punishment only fell under the jurisdiction of Italian football’s governing organization.
However, FIFA confirmed on Wednesday that the FIGC penalties had been extended globally, with Tottenham demanding immediate clarification on the bans imposed on their managing director of football, Claudio Paratici.
Tottenham Hotspur statement on Fabio Paratici ban
“Following media reports today regarding the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decision to extend worldwide the ban imposed by the FIGC Federal Court of Appeals on Fabio Paratici on 20 January 2023, the club made urgent enquiries to FIFA,” a club statement read.
“FIFA 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.”
The statement came just one day after Paratici addressed the club’s media, claiming that the dismissal of Spurs head coach Antonio Conte was the “right decision for everyone.”
Fabio Paratici put his full trust in interim manager Cristian Stellini, who will be in control until the end of the season, and Spurs tried to clarify that the interview took place before FIFA’s sanctions were known.
The statement added: “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.”