Luis Suarez has been accused of cheating on his Italian language test, a test he had to pass in order to have the Italian citizenship and therefore the Italian passport, to be able to play in Italy, specifically for Juventus.
Before the exam, Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici announced publicly that the Bianconeri are out of the race to sign the Uruguayan striker, as the time won’t be enough to complete all the passport procedures.
Despite that, Italian media is still trying to find a way to implicate Juventus’s name in this mess, but here’s the real situation:
No one from Juventus is currently under investigation for this case, not even the club’s lawyer “Maria Turco” who has been in contact with the university of Perugia and had some of her phonecalls wiretapped by Italian Police.
Turco, after having some of her conversations with the Perugia university reported by La Repubblica, released a statement to clarify the situation:
“…My words, picked by wiretappings, have been taken completely out of context and are incomplete.”
“Actualy, during those phonecalls, I clearly insisted that the examination procedure should take place as usual and without any kind of special treatment compared to other candidates.”
“I’m sure that the careful analysis of these conversations will, without any doubt, prove that.”
Speaking to Tuttosport today, rector of Perugia, Olivero confirmed that there was no pressure from Juventus.
“Juventus, through Cherubini, contacted me to ask ONE technical question.”
“I also spoke to Paratici on the phone, on a call that lasted 6 seconds, where he formally thanked me, after the exam was done.”
“There was absolutely no pressure from Juventus.”
The investigations are still ongoing, and for now, Juventus has nothing to do with it.
While Italian media tries to make it seem like Paratici was the “mastermind” behind this scam, Fabio’s name has only been mentioned in a neutral, organic way in some of the wiretapped phonecalls.
So, unless, there are new wiretappinngs that prove that any of the Bianconeri staff had any thing to do with this matter, la Vecchia Signora is still one of the clubs who did NOT use scams to make fake passports, like Inter Milan did with Recoba in 2001.