Previous
Ajax Amsterdam
Manchester United
6:45 PM UTC
Game Details
South Africa U20
Italy U20
0
2
FT
Game Details
Zambia U20
Iran U20
4
2
FT
Game Details
Costa Rica U20
Portugal U20
1
1
FT
Game Details
Uruguay U20
Japan U20
2
0
FT
Game Details
Shanghai SIPG
Jiangsu Suning
2
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Palmeiras
Atlético Tucumán
12:45 AM UTC May 25, 2017
Game Details
Peñarol
Wilstermann
12:45 AM UTC May 25, 2017
Game Details
Next

Trending: Huge police operation for EL

Latest
Read

Varela gets tattoo; Eintracht end interest

Transfers
Read
By ESPN Staff

France asks Italy to probe Argentine passports

The French League (LFP) has contacted the Italian authorities to investigate the legitimacy of the dual nationality passports held by Argentine players in Ligue 1, an LFP source said on Friday.

Passports belonging to Bordeaux's Fernando Cavenaghi and Diego Placente, Toulouse's Mauro Cetto and Olympique Marseille's Renato Civelli, who all have dual Italian nationality, were being looked at, said the source, who declined to be named.

"The French League has contacted the Italian consulate in Paris and asked them to bring the matter to the Italian authorities," the source explained.

"There are suspicions of false passports in Ligue 1. For us, the passports are valid, they were validated by the league but anticipating possible protests at the end of the season, we contacted the Italian authorities."

Toulouse said that Cetto's Italian nationality was fully justified.

"His grandparents, on his mother's and father's side, are Italian and the player, according to Italian laws, benefits from the Italian nationality," Toulouse said in a statement on their website.

The other clubs concerned were not available for comment.

Four non-European Union players are allowed per squad in Ligue 1 while a dual nationality Italian passport would allow the Argentines to be listed as EU players.

The French top flight was hit by a false passports scandal in 2001, with St Etienne being docked seven points because they were found guilty of fielding non-European players with European Union passports.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.