Tottenham release Fabio Paratici statement clarifying interview after ban extended by FIFA | Football | Sport
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Tottenham release Fabio Paratici statement clarifying interview after ban extended by FIFA | Football | Sport

Tottenham have released a statement regarding the future of director of football Fabio Paratici after writing to FIFA to gain clarity on the conditions of his ban. The Italian could now be forced to walk away from Spurs after FIFA confirmed they had extended the sanctions imposed against him in Italy to a global basis - plunging his future in north London into major doubt.

Paratici is facing punishment after his former club Juventus were docked 15 points in Serie A for “financial irregularities” and “false accounting” in relation to historic transfer dealings and the exchange of Players between clubs.

Now Spurs have declared they are searching for immediate clarification on exactly what Paratici can and cannot do to determine whether the Italian can continue operating at the club following the sacking of Antonio Conte.

Spurs said in a club statement: "Following media reports today regarding the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decision to extend worldwide the sanction imposed by the FIGC Federal Court of Appeals on Fabio Paratici on 20 January 2023, the Club made urgent enquiries to FIFA.

"FIFA has late this afternoon responded to us in writing notifying us today, Wednesday 29 March 2023, that a decision has been made by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to extend the FIGC sanction worldwide.

"This committee deliberation has been taken with no advance notice to any of the parties involved. We are urgently seeking further clarification from FIFA as to the details of the extension and its variance from the FIGC sanction.

"We should like to make clear that when Fabio conducted the interview on Club channels yesterday neither he nor the Club had any indication of this decision being made by FIFA, based on the fact that the FIGC sanction was taken on 20 January 2023 and remains subject to an Appeal on 19 April 2023.

"We shall update on this matter in due course."

There has been some suggestion that while Paratici is permitted from working on transfers, he can still be actively involved in meetings behind the scenes, although those claims are yet to have been verified.

Nonetheless, Spurs also felt the need to clarify that their interview with Paratici published on their website and social media channels was recorded prior to FIFA's decision to impose his ban worldwide.

During that discussion, Paratici confirmed that Tottenham were already working on the process of appointing their next head coach following the sacking of Conte.

Cristian Stellini and Ryan Mason have since stepped up to take over from Conte on an interim basis until the end of the season.

"We do not speak about other coaches or follow the speculation in the media because it is just speculation," said Paratici.

"We are focused. We are now concentrating on helping Cristian and helping the staff, Ryan, the Players."

Tottenham return to Premier League action on Monday when they travel to Everton looking to keep their top-four bid alive.

Julian Nagelsmann, Mauricio Pochettino and Luis Enrique are among the names in the frame to land the role at the end of the season.

Daniel Levy is believed to be keen on conducting a swift formal process to decide on Tottenham's next manager and he remains committed to the club moving forward despite growing unrest amongst Spurs' fanbase.

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