Heard by the Italian justice on January 26, the president of Juventus Turin, Andrea Agnelli, assured according to the Corriere della Sera that he was not aware of the attempted cheat on an Italian exam to facilitate Luis Suarez’s transfer.
Andrea Agnelli and Juventus Turin are having a very complicated start to 2021. In addition to the resounding fiasco of the Super League project and the club’s difficulties in Serie A, the Turin president was heard by justice on January 26, as part of the investigation into the “Suarez affair” according to the Corriere della Sera.
At the beginning of December, the Italian justice announced that it would sue the club, accused of being involved or even at the origin of the attempt to cheat Luis Suarez in an Italian exam to facilitate his transfer to Juve.
Negotiations “fully managed” by Fabio Paratici
In the prosecutor’s office, Agnelli tried to distance himself from the case. According to him, the negotiations with the Uruguayan were “entirely managed by the sporting director Fabio Paratici”. The heir to the Fiat empire also ensures that he learned “in the newspapers” of the attempt to cheat on the exam.
To join Juventus, Luis Suarez needed an Italian passport in order to free up an extra-community place at the club. But as early as September, he had been suspected of having cheated on his language exam… with the help of his teachers.
A single contact between Agnelli and Suarez
Agnelli assures that he has only been in contact once with the current Atlético Madrid player. “I called him only once to thank him for offering his services because I considered his proposal a source of pride for our club,” said the president of Juve.
But according to the Corriere della Sera, the ex-secretary general of the club Maurizio Lombardo, in office until October 30, does not quite have the same version, and says that he tried to contact Agnelli when initiating the procedure for Suarez take an Italian exam. “Paratici told me that he had spoken to him and that I could proceed with sending the lawyer (of Suarez) Zaldua,” Lombardo says.