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Fri 31 March 2023 | 22:19

Fabio Paratici steps back from Tottenham role

This week, FIFA extended Fabio Paratici's football ban worldwide, which happens to coincide with Tottenham's hunt for a new head coach.

Tottenham's managing director, Fabio Paratici, has taken a step back from his role at the club as he awaits the outcome of his appeal against a worldwide ban from football. The ban, which was handed to him by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in January for 30 months, was extended beyond Italian football by FIFA on Wednesday.

Tottenham

were taken aback by the sudden announcement and stated that they were seeking additional information from FIFA regarding Paratici's situation. Paratici's appeal against the ban is set to take place on April 19th, but Tottenham confirmed on Friday that he would be stepping away from his responsibilities until the appeal is resolved.

"In view of FIFA's decision, Fabio has agreed with the club that he will take an immediate leave of absence pending the outcome of his appeal,"

a Spurs statement read.

In January, Fabio Paratici was among the 11 people who were banned by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) due to Juventus' alleged violations of historical transfer deals. Juventus were penalized with 15 points in Serie A, and Paratici and the club have denied any wrongdoing and have appealed to the Italian Olympic Committee.

Then-chairman Andrea Agnelli and ex-director Pavel Nedved were both given bans of 24 and 8 months respectively. They are also appealing these punishments in April. Tottenham is currently searching for a new head coach after sacking Antonio Conte last week, and Paratici's absence coincides with this search.

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