Examiner in sham Suarez language exam gets 1-yr term

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(ANSA) – PERUGIA, FEB 25 – An examiner who gave then
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez a sham Italian-language test in
September ahead of a move to Juventus which subsequently fell
through on Thursday plea-bargained a one-year suspended jail
term for fraud.
    The examiner, Lorenzo Rocca, was sacked from his lectureship at
Perugia’s University for Foreigners due to the case.
    Several other officials at the university as well as Juve
officials have been placed under investigation in the case.
    Veteran Uruguay star Suarez went from Barca to Atletico Madrid
after the Juve deal collapsed.
    The language exam, in which he was fed the answers, was needed
for him to qualify for Italian citizenship and thus join the
roster of the Turin giants without adding to their roll of
overseas players, which was already full.
    The case has been a source of major embarrassment for the
prestigious Perugia institute, as well as for Juve.
    Juve signed Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata instead of Suarez,
joining Cristiano Ronaldo up front. (ANSA).


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