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Ange Postecoglou confirms controversial banned football director Fabio Paratici is still working with Tottenham

ANGE POSTECOGLOU has revealed he is in contact with Fabio Paratici – confirming the former managing director of football is still working with Tottenham.

Paratici, 51, quit from his Spurs post in April after failing to overturn a 30-month ban from working in football for his role in Juventus’ financial malpractice scandal.

Ange Postecoglou has revealed he is still in contact with Fabio Paratici

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Ange Postecoglou has revealed he is still in contact with Fabio ParaticiCredit: AP
Paratici left spurs last year after his world-wide football ban

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Paratici left spurs last year after his world-wide football banCredit: Reuters

Parts of his suspension were subsequently lifted, allowing him to advise non-Italian football clubs.

It led to Spurs controversially continuing to employ the Italian on a consultancy basis – a fact that was widely-known within the game if not confirmed on the record.

Paratici played a significant role in the signings of Cristian Romero, Destiny Udogie, Pape Matar Sarr, Rodrigo Bentancur, Dejan Kulusevski – all who have proved to be smash hits – and helped identify January signing Radu Dragusin.

Postecoglou has now admitted he speaks to Paratici and hailed the former Juve director’s ability to spot a player.

The Aussie said: “I don’t have a lot of dialogue with too many people. That’s how I structure my working life, I keep these things to a minimum.

“I know Fabio and every now and then we’ll exchange messages or calls.

“He’s a smart guy and you can see that he’s got a great eye for talent.

“But within the workings of the club and what I do, I don’t have that kind of engagement.

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“Not just with Fabio but with most people. It’s more about what the priority is right now, this week, and my focus is on the football and the football department.”

Paratici was suspended by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) for his role in the alleged financial irregularities scandal at Juventus.

Before then seeing Fifa extend his ban to be effective worldwide.

The Italian giants were accused of false accounting and the club were given a 15-point deduction as a result.

Those 15 points were later lifted before a second investigation saw Juve ultimately dealt a 10-point deduction for their wrongdoing.

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