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Italian authorities investigate alleged 'irregularities' with Luis Suárez's citizenship test

Alleged 'irregularities' regarding Luis Suárez's citizenship test are being probed by Italian authorities.

Italian authorities investigate alleged 'irregularities' with Luis Suárez's citizenship test
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Luis Suárez's Italian citizenship exam is being investigated over allegations of irregularities, the Perugia Prosecutor's Office has announced.

Suárez flew into Perugia to take the test ahead of a possible transfer from Barcelona to Juventus and passed the 'B1' assignment.

With Juventus having no remaining spots for non-EU players in their squad, the Uruguay striker would have needed to become an Italian citizen to make the move to the Allianz Stadium.

Italian financial police and the Perugia Prosecutor's Office are looking at claims Suárez may have been aware of the contents of the exam, allowing the result to have been predetermined.

There has been no direct accusation of wrongdoing towards any individual and there have been no charges.

'Irregularities have emerged'

A statement from the Perugia Prosecutor's Office read: "During the investigation started in February 2020 by Perugia's finance police on different matters within the university for foreigners in Perugia, some irregularities have emerged on the test on Italian language faced by the Uruguayan footballer Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz on September 17th to obtain the Italian nationality (passport).

"From the investigation it has emerged that the subjects of the test had been previously agreed with the candidate and that the mark had been decided in advance despite the fact that, during the online Italian lessons made by the university teachers, the player had shown just a basic knowledge of the Italian language.

"Today the military corps of the finance police are seizing documents in the offices of the university to ascertain the above mentioned misbehaviours and to deliver the warranty information for the crimes of violation of official secrecy and ideological falsity committed in public acts by the public official and others."

Suárez now appears unlikely to move to Juve, with the Italian champions reported to have struck a deal to secure the return of their former striker Álvaro Morata from Atlético Madrid.

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Barcelona's Luis SuarezALBERT GEAREUTERS

Atleti were rumoured to be close to bringing in Suárez from LaLiga rivals FC Barcelona but that move now seems to be on hold.


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