Rome: Italian police are investigating possible irregularities in a language exam taken by Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez in order to obtain a new passport ahead of a possible transfer to an Italian club.
“Investigations have shown the topics of the exam had been agreed with the candidate and the relative score had been assigned before the test,” a statement from the Perugia investigative office said on Tuesday.
“He must pass [the exam] because with a 10-million-euro salary (11.8 million dollars) per season, you cannot have him fail because he does not have the B1,” one of the officials at the University for Foreigners in Perugia said in a conversation taped by police.
Suarez, who does not appear to be under investigation himself, on Thursday took the exam for the B1-level language certificate needed to apply for Italian citizenship, when he seemed close to a move from Barcelona to Juventus.
The transfer, which Juve have since abandoned, required the footballer to hold the citizenship of a European Union country since the Bianconeri have already reached the limit of two non-EU signings in the current transfer window.
If he passes the exam, Suarez would be entitled to apply for Italian citizenship since his wife is the daughter of an Italian who emigrated to Uruguay, said dpa international.
As an Italian passport holder Suarez could sign with any European club that has exceeded the limit of non-EU new signings.
He appears now close to joining Atletico Madrid as a possible replacement for Alvaro Morata, who is set to join Juventus.
Police said they had confiscated several documents from the university.
The investigation will focus on two top officials at the university under charges of fraud and disclosure of secret documents.
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