Juventus under investigation over conduct during failed Luis Suarez transfer
Luis Suarez’s failed move to Juventus in the summer is coming under fresh scrutiny after the Perugia Prosecutor’s Office announced they were looking into the situation with his Italian citizenship test.
After Barcelona decided to instigate a clear out of players following their Champions League humiliation to Bayern Munich in August, Suarez was told he could leave the Nou Camp.
A move to Juventus looked to be on the cards for the Uruguayan striker but he needed to pass an Italian citizenship exam to enable the Serie A side to get around the quota of non-EU players.
In September, Suarez took the test at the University for Foreigners in Perugia but it was alledged the test was rigged for him to be successful and claim citizenship.
It has since emerged that the dean of the university and three members of staff have been suspended as part of an investigation into the matter.
And the Perugia Prosecutor’s Office is now accusing Juventus of attempting to “accelerate” the process of Suárez gaining Italian citizenship.
The Prosecutor’s statement said: “It emerged that the contents of the test had been communicated in advance to the player, in order to arrive at a predetermined outcome and examination score to meet the requests that had been made by Juventus, with the aim of achieving a positive image return, both personal and for the University.
It has been a hectic season so far – so make sure you don’t miss a single thing by signing up for the brilliant new Mirror Football newsletter!
All the latest transfer news and big stories will land straight into your inbox. You won’t miss out.
To sign up, put your email at the top of this article or follow the instructions on this link.
“Investigations have also allowed us to understand how, in the first days of September 2020, the management of the Turin club was activated, even at the highest institutional levels, to accelerate recognition of Italian citizenship of Suarez.
“This suggests new hypotheses of crime against persons other than those belonging to the university, still in the process of study.”
Suarez, who ultimately ended up joining Atletico Madrid, is not under investigation but Juventus insist sporting director Fabio Paratici had done everything correctly.
“Juventus Football Club confirms that today Fabio Paratici has been notified of information regarding the guarantee and the right of defense,” the statement said.
“The crime alleged by the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Court of Perugia is exclusively Article 371 bis of the Criminal Code.
“The Club strongly reiterates the correctness of Paratici’s work and is confident that the ongoing investigations will help clarify his position within a reasonable time.”