Tottenham Hotspur managing director Fabio Paratici could well leave Spurs following sanctions imposed on him, claims Alasdair Gold.
The Lowdown: Juventus saga
A decision has been reached to deduct Juventus 15 Serie A points and hand Paratici a 30-month ban from Italian football (via Sky Sports) for his role in the Turin giants’ alleged financial irregularities and false accounting accusations.
The decision from the Italian football federation (FIGC) means that Juve will fall to 10th in the table.
Juventus are waiting for written reasons behind the decision before submitting an appeal, but the article states that a request to extend the ban to all UEFA and FIFA activities could have severe consequences for the Premier League side.
The Latest: Gold’s comments
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Gold explained the potential implications of what an extension of the sanctions could mean for Spurs and their managing director
He said: “Currently, it’s anything to do with that would run through the Italian Football Federation, but obviously, if UEFA and FIFA agree to extending it wide, globally – does what it says on the tin, it would be everything.
“I think there’s a possibility that if there is an appeal, those sanctions can’t be negotiated or lessened – I think that’s the way it works. And I think, actually, the prosecutors asked for 20 months, originally.
“And the actual verdict ended up being stronger than the prosecutors actually asked for, from what I could tell.
“If it [the sanctions] were to stand and it were to stand globally, it’s a complete mess for Tottenham. And I don’t really understand how he’d then be able to work for Spurs anymore.”
The Verdict: Cause for concern
The decision that is still yet to be made on whether the ban will cover all football involvement is a pivotal one for Spurs to wait for.
If the sanctions only affect Italian football, Paratici may be able to resume in his current role despite being caught up in the saga that occurred whilst he was sporting director at Juventus.
A UEFA or FIFA ban will see him unable to continue in his role at Spurs, which would cause not only problems over alternatives at senior level in north London, but also the future of Antonio Conte, who also worked with Paratici at Juventus and have therefore built up a working relationship.
Therefore, we do feel this has the potential to have a seismic effect on the makeup of the Tottenham backroom team and the direction of the club over the next few months, with Conte’s future already subject to plenty of speculation.