Barcelona star Luis Suarez has been accused of knowing the answers of all the questions in advance on the Italian language test. The Uruguayan forward took a test in Perugia to obtain an Italian passport to begin a process for the transfer to the Italian club.
Suarez was linked to a move to Juventus after Barcelona's new coach Ronald Koeman clearly stated that the Uruguayan is no longer in his plans and can leave the club on a free transfer. At the same time, Juventus filled their quota of non-EU players who can join from a club outside Serie A this season so he had to take the test to get a passport and finalize his move.
ANSA reports Luis Suarez Italian citizenship request was all a scam.
He knew the test questions and had his score ready before he even made the test. pic.twitter.com/hzvUJlPw0K
— Siavoush Fallahi (@SiavoushF) September 22, 2020
However, the questions were already compromised as reported by La Repubblica on the basis of irregularities found by Guardia di Finanza and the Perugia Prosecutor’s Office. Suarez is not under investigation but the director and general director of the Perugia university are being investigated for helping him.
The statement from the authorities read:
“During the investigations, irregularities emerged in the exam taken by Luis Suarez to obtain the Italian citizenship. From the investigative activities it emerged that the topics covered by the exam had been agreed in advance and that the score had been assigned before the exam, and that the candidate had demonstrated only an elementary knowledge of the Italian language. Today the financial police are carrying out documentary acquisitions at the University of Perugia aimed at confirming the conduct described and notifying for crimes of disclosure of office secrets, ideological falsehood committed by public officials and more.”
Suarez is from Uruguay but has Italian ancestors. If he can obtain Italian citizenship, he wouldn't have to occupy a non-EU spot with a new club.