Paratici resigns as Tottenham Managing Director of Football
Written by Training Ground Guru — April 20, 2023
FABIO PARATICI has resigned as Tottenham’s Managing Director of Football after losing his appeal against a 30-month ban from football.
In January, Paratici was banned from footballing activities by the Italian Football Federation after his former club, Juventus, were found guilty of false accounting, market manipulation and filing misleading financial statements. This ban was subsequently extended worldwide by FIFA.
Yesterday, it was announced that Juventus had had their 15-point penalty suspended pending a new trial before the Italian football federation’s appeals court, while other current and former members of staff, including board member Pavel Nedved, were successful in appealing against their charges.
However, Paratici (and former President Andrea Agnelli and current Sporting Director Federico Cherubini) had their appeals rejected by Italy’s highest sports court within the Italian Olympic Committee.
Tottenham today announced that Paratici had resigned. In a statement, they said: "FIFA ruled to extend the ban worldwide and, whilst there continues to be a dispute as to the scope and extent of the ban, the current worldwide ban prevents Fabio from fulfilling his duties as our Managing Director of Football.
"Fabio has consequently taken the decision to resign from his position at the club with immediate effect to focus on his legal position in respect of the FIGC and FIFA rulings."
Chairman Daniel Levy added: “This has been a stressful time for Fabio and his family. We wanted to ensure that we allowed for due process to be followed. Fabio is a man who lives and breathes football - we wish him well.
“As outlined in our year end results, we started several months ago to restructure our football operations and last week announced the appointment of Scott Munn as Chief Football Officer to head up all the departments. We shall continue to strengthen our football functions over the coming months.”
Paratici has also appealed FIFA's decision to extend his ban worldwide, although this is yet to be decided.
Earlier this month, Tottenham appointed Australian Munn as their Chief Football Officer, responsible for all football departments, although they claimed this would not impact Paratici’s position at the club.
Paratici was appointed by Tottenham in June 2021 after 11 years with Juventus, where he was also Managing Director of Football. His appointment was recognition by Levy that the club needed someone to take charge of the football side of the club.
Tottenham's Chairman highlighted Paratici's "outstanding track record in assembling competitive squads" when the appointment was announced.