Why the ban for super-agent Mino Raiola will not affect Paul Pogba's possible move to Real Madrid
Super-agent Mino Raiola has been handed a three-month ban by the Italian FA from brokering transfers, but it will not halt him negotiating Paul Pogba's possible transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid this summer.
Raiola was a central figure in Pogba's world record-breaking move from Juventus to United in 2016, with the huge slice he collected from the £89m deal sparking a huge debate about the role of agents in the game.
Now Raiola and his cousin Vincenzo has been given a sanction by the Italian FA, with reports in Italy suggesting the punishing has been handed out following their involvement in the transfer of Gianluca Scamacca from Roma to PSV Eindhoven in 2015.
This was the statement released by Italian football chiefs at the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC) confirming Raiola's ban:
"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 3 months, with regard to Mr. Vincenzo Raiola, of 2 months."
The sanction is unlikely to concern Raiola as it only blocks him from direct involvement in transfers with Italian clubs and his two big deal of the summer are likely to involved Pogba and Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt, who is a transfer target for Barcelona.
Widespread reports in Spain suggest De Ligt's move to the Nou Camp is close to being finalised, but Raiola is insisting he wants 20 per-cent of the deal that is believed to be worth around €70m to be paid directly to him.