Super agent Mino Raiola, who represents some of the world’s best players – including Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt – has been handed a three-month suspension by the Italian FA. FIFA have since extended his ban worldwide, effective immediately and it will end after the English summer transfer window closes.
Raiola is the world’s most notable football agent and unsurprisingly, has a whole host of top players across Europe who he represents.
However, he was suspended for three months by the FIGC’s Sports Procurators Commission on Wednesday, although no reasons were specified in a brief statement from the governing body. His cousin Vincenzo was banned for two months.
Among them are the aforementioned Pogba and Ajax captain de Ligt, who have both been linked with summer departures in recent months. Immediately, the first question is how Mino’s ban has an adverse impact – if any – on his clients and their futures.
Despite initially reassuring clients that potential business this summer wouldn’t be affected, that appears not the case after all. FIFA extended the suspension to a global scale – as opposed to being restricted to only Italian territory.
“The Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has today decided to extend the sanctions imposed by the Italian Football Association (FIGC) on the intermediaries Carmine and Vincenzo Raiola to have worldwide effect.
Carmine Raiola is suspended for a period of three months and Vincenzo Raiola for a period of two months,” FIFA said. “The decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee was notified today and takes immediate effect.”
Raiola was defiant in his response, claiming the sentence was “based on false grounds and lies”.
In a statement yesterday, he added: “The ‘Italian Ban’ is not a surprise, unfortunately. My personal concern is that it has been dominated by political willing, without taking into the right consideration the reason of law.
I guess that [the FA] has not forgiven me when I have 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.”
Here’s an extended look at the top players under Raiola’s wing and their respective futures ahead of the summer transfer window:
Very unsettled. Utd’s issues this term and failure to qualify for Champions League has him reportedly planning his second exit from Manchester. Zidane’s Real remain frontrunners for him, though others are said to be interested
After injury issues, remains an indispensable player for PSG and given their lofty ambitions, needs to stay
Constantly linked with a lucrative move abroad with PL clubs and PSG lurking, could move with Milan’s financial problems
Arsenal and Manchester United said to be frontrunners for his signature, with a €36m release clause waiting to be activated
Has really asserted himself as an indispensable player in midfield for Juventus, after two successful years in Turin
An expensive acquisition in Arsenal’s swap deal from Man Utd in Jan 18′, his long-term future in north London remains doubtful
Dortmund and a few mid-table PL sides were previously interested, though Milan are eager to extend his current deal
Free agent this summer, though he admitted in March that he’s happy and wants to stay at Marseille
Happy and settled at Roma, after completing a brave but equally shrewd €17.25m move from Ajax last summer
Enjoyed an excellent breakthrough campaign in Turin, though Inter and PSG are said to be interested. Juve planning a new bumper deal
Comfortable and flourishing in the twilight of his career at LA Galaxy
Quotes’ source: BBC and Omnisport