Friday May 10 2019
Raiola ban extended worldwide

FIFA has announced that Mino Raiola’s three-month ban from all agent activities is ‘worldwide’.

Raiola’s suspension was initially thought to cover just Italy as it had been handed down by the FIGC.

However, FIFA has since clarified in a statement: The Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has today decided to extend the sanctions imposed by the Italian Football Association (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.

“The decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee was notified today and takes immediate effect.”

The ban is thought to relate to alleged irregularities in the deal that took Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca to Dutch side PEC Zwolle last summer.

However, Raiola maintains ‘politics’ are behind his punishment after he criticised the Italian federation.

Among the super-agent’s clients are Paul Pogba, Mario Balotelli, Lorenzo Insigne and Moise Kean – all of whom have been linked with summer moves away from their respective clubs.

It now remains to be seen what effect the 51-year-old’s suspension will have in the transfer market.

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