The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) have handed Mino Raiola a three-month suspension for yet unknown reasons.
Italian-born Dutchman Raiola is, perhaps, football’s infamous most agent who regularly gets himself into trouble with some of the biggest clubs around over money.
Despite his reputation, however, Raiola represents some of the biggest names in world football in Manchester United duo Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, along with LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt.
However, the FIGC released a statement on Thursday announcing they’ve suspended Raiola for three months and his cousin, Vincenzo, for two months.
“The Sports Procurators Commission, any other exception, deduction and defence rejected, condemns Mr Carmine [Mino] Raiola and Mr Vincenzo Raiola, on his own behalf and as legal representatives of the companies they represent to sanction of the suspension from the exercise of the activity of sports attorney to the extent, respectively: with regard to Mr. Carmine Raiola, of three months, with regard to Mr. Vincenzo Raiola, of two months,” read a statement via Goal.
Despite being unable to participate in any football-related activities until August 9, Raiola reassured his clients they will be unaffected.
This comes amid growing rumours linking Pogba with a summer move to Real Madrid. While De Ligt is expected to leave Ajax with Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester City all reportedly interested.
“This ‘Italian Ban’ is not a surprise, unfortunately,” Raiola wrote on Twitter.
“My personal concern is that it has been a sentence dominated by a political willing, without taking into the right 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 this story.
“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.
“I will seek justice against this injustice and for freedom of speech in every legal court possible to me as my main task is in 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.”
— Mino Raiola (@MinoRaiola) May 9, 2019