FIFA makes super-agent Mino Raiola's three-month ban worldwide
FIFA has extended agent Mino Raiola's three-month ban imposed by the Italian FA to be worldwide, the sport's governing body announced on Friday.
"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," FIFA said in a statement. "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 reasoning for the ban remains unclear but the FIGC told ESPN FC this week the reasons will be released next week.
"This "ITALIAN BAN" is not a surprise, unfortunately," he wrote. "My personal concern is that it has been a sentence dominated by political willing, without taking into consideration the reason of law.
"It is a sentence based on false grounds and lies. Law and justice however must prevail in any civil and correct system and I hope that my position will be remitted within the right lines in the coming steps of history."
Italian football has been plagued by recent incidents of racism and, though Serie A told ESPN FC they strongly condemn the episodes, the issues remains a serious problem.
Raiola suggested the football authorities in Italy are not doing enough to combat the issue.
"I guess the Italian Football Association has not forgiven me when I have diffused my critics for their role in the disastrous state of Italian football, as well as their role around the latest episode of the racism problem and my opinions could have had an influence in the evaluation of the matter," he added.
"I will seek justice against the injustice and for freedom of speech in every legal court possible to me as my main task is the interest of Italian football. I will proudly conduct this fight in order to obtain what it is in conformity with law.
"This discussion is contained to the Italian territory and has no repercussion on the players I represent."
Information from ESPN FC writer Andrew Cesare Richardson was used in this report