Two days ago, it emerged that the FIGC has opened an investigation into the matter concerning Roma sporting director Gianluca Petrachi, who is alleged to have started working from Roma while still under contract with Torino, which is strictly prohibited.
The main piece of evidence against Petrachi is his own words — during Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s unveiling, he was asked about the recent renewal of Edin Dzeko and in his answer, he stated, “…when I first met with Inter in May”, words that could prove costly as he now risks a season-long ban.
However, La Gazzetta dello Sport has reported today that Petrachi has explained away these accusations and blamed his words on a mere “slip of the tongue”.
“I say this with a smile: after that press conference, I didn’t deny anything because I thought it was obvious that I had a slip of the tongue,” said Petrachi. “It was simply an error that I said May instead of July”.
He continued, “I’m calm. Nobody has reached out to me yet (from the Prosecutor’s office) but when they do, I’ll calmly say what it was — a slip of the tongue”.