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Paul Pogba's Agent May Have Earned $53.4M Off Transfer

May 10, 2017 2:10 AM

FIFA is investigating the transfer of Paul Pogba from Juventus to Manchester United that was worth €100 million.

Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, was reportedly paid €27 million by Juventus from a mandate to sell the player as well as €19.4 million by United on a contract to secure his signing as well as an additional €2.6 million for his wage package.

If true, Raiola's pay package of €49 million ($53.4 million) would be astonishing even in world football.

Swiss lawyer Cornel Borbély is in charge of the inquiry.

David Conn/The Guardian

Tags: Juventus, Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Suspension, Transfer Rumor

FIFA Rescinds Four-Match Ban Against Lionel Messi

May 5, 2017 10:24 AM

FIFA has rescinded a four-match ban given to Lionel Messi during World Cup qualifying for Argentina.

Messi missed Argentina's 2-0 loss to Bolivia but will return for critical matched against Uruguay, Venezuela and Peru.

During the Chile game, Messi was caught on camera venting his fury at an assistant who signalled he had committed a foul late on in Argentina’s 1-0 win. He was not shown a card at the time.

The FIFA committee stressed it “considered Messi’s behaviour as reproachable” but concluded “the evidence available was not sufficient to establish” an infringement had occurred.

The statement continued: “The Appeal Committee nevertheless underlines the importance of always showing respect to the match officials, stressing that such a principle is essential in football and any unsporting conduct that may be contrary to the principles of fair play cannot be accepted.”

The Guardian

Tags: Argentina, Barcelona, Suspension, World Cup