Tottenham Hotspur managing director of football, Fabio Paratici, has resigned with immediate effect following his unsuccessful appeal against a 30-month ban from Italian football.
The ban was extended “to have worldwide effect” by Fifa after Juventus, where Paratici was previously sporting director and managing director, were found guilty of false accounting.
Although Juventus’ 15-point penalty was reversed and the case is set to be re-examined, Paratici’s appeal against his ban was rejected in January. A statement from Spurs confirmed that “the current worldwide ban prevents Fabio from fulfilling his duties as our managing director of football.”
The club expressed its support for Paratici and wished him well in his legal battle with the FIGC and Fifa. Chairman Daniel Levy stated that “we wanted to ensure that we allowed for due process to be followed” and that Paratici’s decision to resign was a personal one, taken to enable him to focus on his legal position.
Tottenham’s recent restructuring of its football operations saw the appointment of Scott Munn as chief football officer. Munn will take charge of all footballing departments and joins the club’s board. In his statement, Levy highlighted the club’s intention to continue to strengthen its football functions over the coming months.
Paratici’s resignation comes just weeks after Tottenham dismissed Antonio Conte as manager.