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Agent Raiola to fight 'injustice' of three-month ban

Mino Raiola
Mino Raiola has been given a three-month ban by the Italian FA.

Agent Mino Raiola has criticised the Italian Football Association (FIGC) after he was given a three-month suspension -- although it is unclear what he has been banned for.

The FIGC confirmed the ban to ESPN FC but added that the reasons for it would be released next week.

Raiola, who represents Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Matthijs de Ligt and several other high-profile names, posted a statement in response on Twitter.

"This "ITALIAN BAN" is not a surprise, unfortunately," he wrote. "My personal concern is that it has been a sentence dominated by political willing, without taking into consideration the reason of law.

"It is a sentence based on false grounds and lies. Law and justice however must prevail in any civil and correct system and I hope that my position will be remitted within the right lines in the coming steps of history."

Italian football has been plagued by recent racism and, though Serie A has told ESPN FC it strongly condemned the incidents, the issue remains a serious problem.

"I guess the Italian Football Association 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," Raiola added.

"I will seek justice against the injustice and for freedom of speech in every legal court possible to me as my main task is the interest of Italian football. I will proudly conduct this fight in order to obtain what it is in conformity with law.

"This discussion is contained to the Italian territory and has no repercussion on the players I represent."

Information from ESPN FC writer Andrew Cesare Richardson was used in this report


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