Paul Pogba’s superagent Mino Raiola was handed a three-month ban on brokering transfer deals by FIFA on Friday, and it’s good news for Manchester United.
The 51-year-old has a star-studded clientele including the likes of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marco Verratti, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Gianluigi Donnarumma to name a few.
BREAKING: Football agent Mino Raiola's ban from the Italian FA has been made worldwide by the Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) 10 May 2019
On Thursday the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) restricted him from rehearsing as a specialist in Italy until August 9. However, Raiola has asserted he has not been explained the suspension.
Football’s ultimate governing body FIFA have now informed Raiola and his cousin Vincenzo, that the sanctions imposed upon them by the FIGC have been extended internationally.
In a statement on Friday, FIFA said: “The chairman of the FIFA disciplinary committee has today decided to extend the sanctions imposed by the FIGC on the intermediaries Carmine (Mino) 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.”
To which Raiola responded by blaming the “political willing” inside the FIGC.
“I guess the FIGC 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 and my opinions could have had an influence in the evaluation of the matter,” he said in a statement.
He went on to add added: “I will seek justice against this injustice and for freedom of speech in every legal court possible to me as my main task is the interest of Italian football.”
Although he vouched that his transfer embargo won’t affect any of his clients, many experts believe that his client Numero Uno Paul Pogba could be the worst hit by the sanctions.
The Frenchman is said to have handed in a transfer request at Manchester United to secure a ‘dream’ move to Real Madrid about which Raiola has already held discussions with the Real Madrid hierarchy.
However, with the latest ban, Woodward will have the upper hand in the negotiations with Raiola as it is believed that the United executive vice-chairman is desperate to keep hold of the world cup winner.
The ban ends on August 9, one day after the English transfer window shuts, so the tides have turned in United’s favour as now they will look to strong arm Pogba in staying put at Old Trafford.