Fabio Paratici has admitted that he is ‘upset’ at some of the allegations that have been levelled at him amidst the ongoing investigation into Juventus’ finances.
Gazzetta dello Sport reported last month that authorities in Turin have prepared an arrest warrant for 16 people, including Paratici and Juventus President Andrea Agnelli, over allegations that include false statements and false paperwork.
The report explained that Juve had been accused of not just submitting false paperwork but also obstructing financial authorities, although the Bianconeri made it clear that financial fraud was not one of the accusations.
On the back of this report, the Serie A giants’ current football director Federico Cherubini ripped into his predecessor Paratici for being reckless in the deals that he signed off on during his time in Turin (Gazzetta dello Sport).
Cherubini particularly referenced the signings of Federico Chiesa and Dejan Kulusevski from Fiorentina and Atalanta respectively, claiming that the latter cost the club a total of €44m (£37.8m).
Paratici has now reacted to the accusations but admitted that the time is not yet right to open up on what went on behind the scenes at the Allianz Stadium.
The Spurs managing director said on a program that aired on Rai 3 (as relayed by Football Italia): “Right now, I am not ready, I am a bit upset, and it bothers me to talk about this. Honestly, a few things are not quite clear, and I want to remain quiet; I am still not ready.”
When asked whether he feels responsible for the so-called Juventus system, Paratici responded: “Everyone has his version; right now, it’s one-sided. Someone is attacking, and the other can’t even cross the midfield line.”
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It is understandable why Paratici cannot be candid about his feelings on the matter when the investigation is still ongoing. One would expect Tottenham’s lawyers to have done their due allegiance on this issue before the club hired Paratici 18 months ago.
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