Pogba’s agent Raiola back in business internationally as CAS cogitates but Italian ban sticks

June 13 – Football super-agent Mino Raiola has had a three-month worldwide ban from football activity suspended by the Court of Arbitration for Sport while it processes his appeal, with a final decision to be made at the beginning of July.

Last month Raiola had a three-month ban on working in his native Italy extended to a global sanction by FIFA.

Raiola reportedly counts Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, Ajax’s much-admired teenage skipper Matthijs de Ligt, Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan and young Juventus striker Moise Kean among his clients and was handed his original ban from practising in Italy for undisclosed reasons stemming from transfer improprieties.

FIFA’s intervention meant his global business was potentially seriously affected, covering a large part of the summer transfer window.

But now he will still be able to broker transfers everywhere except Italy after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled he can go about his work – apart from in his homeland – while the case is deliberated.

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an urgent appeal filed by the football intermediary, Carmine ‘Mino’ Raiola, against the decision taken by the FIFA Appeal Committee on 28 May 2019 (the Challenged Decision) which confirmed a previous decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee,” a CAS statement read.

“In such decision, a three-month period of suspension from performing the role of sports agent in Italy which was imposed on Mino Raiola by the Intermediaries Committee of the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC) was extended by FIFA to become a worldwide ban.

“Prior to the filing of his appeal, Mino Raiola also filed an urgent application to stay the execution of the Challenged Decision. On 7 June 2019, the President of the CAS Appeals Arbitration Division upheld the application.

“Accordingly, the worldwide extension of the suspension of Mino Raiola is stayed pending the outcome of the CAS proceedings. However, the suspension imposed by the FIGC in Italy is not affected by the CAS decision.

“Further to the parties’ agreement, CAS will conduct an expedited procedure with a shortened procedural calendar in order to allow for a final decision to be rendered at the beginning of July 2019.”

With the outcome unknown, Raiola, who said the initial sanctions in Italy were “based on false grounds and lies”, may step up any deals for the players he represents before the final ruling.

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