Mino Raiola will serve a three-month ban for acting as a representative of football players in Italy, according to reports.
Raiola, who is an agent for many of Europe’s biggest names including Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, Mario Balotelli, Lorenzo Insigne and Moise Kean, was handed the suspension by Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC) who have also banned his cousin Vincenzo for two months.
A reason for the decision has not yet been revealed and comes less than a month after the agent escaped punishment for calling the Italian Football Federation ‘weak and non-existent’.
An FIGC statement said: “The Sports Procurators Commission, any other exception, deduction and defence rejected, condemns Mr Carmine [Mino] Raiola and Mr Vincenzo Raiola, on his own behalf and as legal representatives of the companies they represent to sanction of the suspension from the exercise of the activity of sports attorney to the extent.
“Respectively: with regard to Mr. Carmine Raiola, of 3 months, with regard to Mr. Vincenzo Raiola, of 2 months.”
The 51-year-old Italian, who resides in Monaco, posted a lengthy message on his Twitter account after the decision had been made.
His ban will only apply in Italy and therefore will not affect any business elsewhere, meaning he would still be free to negotiate a move away from Old Trafford for Pogba, who has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid.
Raiola has already held talks with Real in the hope of securing a move for his mega-money client and will reportedly tell Woodward that the Spanish giants are prepared to offer about £100m, a slight increase on the fee United paid Juventus in 2016.
United, though, want close to £160m for the 26-year-old Frenchman.