Suarez Admitted to Knowing Citizenship Test Questions in Advance

Luis Suarez was recently interrogated by the Perugia prosecutors on his bogus Italian citizenship test and admitted that he knew the content of the exam beforehand, news agency Ansa and multiple national outlets reported over the weekend. The player, who was questioned as a witness via video conference, is not currently under investigation. He was assisted by an interpreter as he deposed in Spanish and accompanied by his manager and lawyer, even though it was not necessary given his legal status.

According to local newspapers La Nazione and Corriere di Umbria, it was found that Suarez and Juventus reached agreement on a preliminary contract in the final days of August, but then Juventus backed off from the deal in the middle of September, right before the Uruguayan international was about to take the test. After the new revelations, the club reiterated their official line that they decided not to move forward with the acquisition because there was not enough time to complete the paperwork before the October 6th deadline.

Juventus chief football executive Fabio Paratici and lawyer Luigi Chiappero are under investigation for making false statements to the prosecutors and not for violations related to the test per se, unlike lawyer Maria Turco, who is accused of ideological falsehood for his more active role in the proceedings. The two attorneys are not direct employees of the team, although they are attached to it. The inquiry is now focusing on the interests behind the decision of some members of the Università per Stranieri of Perugia to set up the fake exam, while things at an early stage on the sporting side, where the Bianconeri concretely risk to be sanctioned with a fine or some penalty points.