Saturday 24 August 2019

FIFA lift global ban against agent Mino Raiola

Mino Raiola. AFP/Getty Images
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Agent Mino Raiola is free to broker transfers in Italy and beyond after FIFA lifted a worldwide suspension.

The 51-year-old has a number of high-profile players on his books, including Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mario Balotelli and sought-after Ajax youngster Matthijs De Ligt.

However, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) hit Raiola with a three-month suspension from practising as an agent back in April and that was followed up with an international ban from FIFA.

Raiola filed an appeal against the bans with the Court of Arbitration for Sport and it was announced on Wednesday that he could go about his work while the case was deliberated.

The FIGC subsequently upheld the appeal made by Raiola in April, annulling the suspensions imposed on him and his brother Vincenzo, also a football intermediary.

World governing body FIFA has followed suit by issuing a procedural order which informed the Raiola brothers that "the worldwide extension of their suspensions had been annulled with immediate effect".

Speaking in May, Raiola blamed the initial ban on "political willing" inside the FIGC.

"I guess the FIGC has not forgiven me for when I 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 said in a statement.

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