- Tottenham’s Managing Director of Football, Fabio Paratici, has been given a global ban by FIFA due to his involvement in false accounting at Juventus, his previous club.
- Paratici’s ban initially only applied to Italy, allowing him to continue working for Tottenham. However, FIFA’s decision threatens to cut his time at the club short.
- Tottenham has sought further clarification regarding Paratici’s ban, which has put the club in a precarious situation in the Premier League, with only a two-point lead over fifth-placed Newcastle.
FIFA has issued a global ban to Fabio Paratici, the managing director of football at Tottenham Hotspur, which may lead to the end of his employment with the organisation. Italian football handed Paratici a 30-month suspension in January after determining that his former team, Juventus, had engaged in false accounting. Before to joining Tottenham in June 2021, Paratici served as the managing and sporting director of Juventus. At first, his ban was limited to Italy, which allowed him to continue his employment with Tottenham. But, in response to a request from the Italian Football Association, FIFA declared on Wednesday that it would broaden Paratici’s ban.
According to the FIFA statement, the punishments against a number of football officials, including Paratici, will be felt all over the world. Juventus and Paratici have both contested the initial judgement.
Paratici stated in a candid interview with Tottenham on Tuesday that he felt the club has made the right choice in firing former manager Antonio Conte. Tottenham, according to Paratici, is focused on backing up interim head coach Cristian Stellini and finishing in the top four of the Premier League to go to the Champions League.
Tottenham has requested further explanations in reaction to FIFA’s decision to extend Paratici’s ban. According to the club, the ban won’t go into force until after the appeal hearing. Although Tottenham is currently in fourth place in the Premier League, their standing is tenuous since they only hold a two-point lead over Newcastle, who is currently in fifth place but has two games remaining.
The chairman of the club, Daniel Levy, has been urged by the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust to provide fans a clear explanation of the club’s future plans. The Trust has called the situation “very alarming,” noting concern over the future of prominent players as well as ambiguity surrounding the managerial and directorial positions.