Crime & Justice

Italian authorities probe irregularities in Luis Suárez citizenship test

Roma, Sep 22 (efe-epa).- Italian authorities have opened a probe into alleged irregularities surrounding an Italian language test football player Luis Suárez had to sit as part of his citizenship application.

The Uruguayan forward, who is poised to leave Barcelona, sat the examination at the University for Foreigners in Perugia last week amid rumors of an imminent move to Juventus, which was later called off.

Financial police and the prosecutor’s office in Perugia are investigating whether university staff members gave answers and topics to Suárez before he sat the exam, according to a statement from the prosecutor’s office.

Prosecutors have launched a probe into the university’s rector Giuliana Grego Bolli, director Simone Olivieri, teachers Lorenzo Rocca and Stefania Spina and worker Cinzia Camagna.

Suárez is not being investigated.

According to transcripts of a conversation collected by the Perugia prosecutor’s office, Spina, who was in charge of preparing the exam, acknowledged that Rocca had carried out a “simulation” test with Suárez and had agreed on the questions before the official test.

Spina acknowledged that Suárez did not speak “a single word” of Italian and did not know how to conjugate verbs.

“Passing a two-hour exam like this is not easy,” she said, according to the prosecutor’s office.

The teacher said he would pass the exam because he earns a “salary of 10 million euros a season” despite not speaking the most basic level of Italian.

In another conversation, Rocca said there would be no problem with the oral examination because he is “on the board” and would assume “responsibility for the grade” but expressed concern over the possibility of Suárez’s real level of Italian being revealed when questioned by the press.

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