Paddy Power News can exclusively reveal that Juventus paid ITV host Gino D’Acampo to sit Luis Suarez’s Italian citizenship test.
Italian authorities are investigating alleged irregularities in the test including an incident during which Mr Suarez allegedly tried to bribe officials with a Spaghetti Carbonara.
The Barcelona striker was ordered to take the exam as part of a potential transfer to Italian giants Juventus.
But the Perugia prosecutor’s office say they are investigating the test after a man matching Mr D’Acampo’s description was seen flogging cookbooks outside the University of Perugia.
It’s their belief that Juventus hired Mr D’Acampo to take the test on Suarez’s behalf to ensure his transfer from Barcelona went ahead.
Judicial sources claim the test subject spoke with a thick Italian accent and possessed an extensive knowledge of Italian foods and recipes.
A spokesperson on behalf of the prosecutor’s office in Perugia told Paddy Power News:
‘Suspicions were raised when Mr Suarez allegedly spent the first 30 minutes of the test talking about a TV show called Celebrity Juice’.
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‘Mr Suarez is also alleged to have stopped the test to talk to his agent about the possibility of hosting the new series of Family Fortunes’.
‘It’s our firm belief that the person who sat the test was none other than Gino D’Acampo’.
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However, the 44-year-old celebrity chef has denied any involvement in the scandal.
Speaking exclusively to Paddy Power News, the Let’s Do Lunch host said:
‘I’ve never met Mr Suarez or his wonderful and generous agent Pere Guardiola’.
‘And f**k Les Dennis. He had his day’.
Meanwhile, Suarez’s proposed move to Atletico Madrid has hit a snag after it emerged any possible union with Diego Costa would contravene the laws of the Geneva Convention.
A spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross said:
‘It’s the lesser-known, though no less important, fifth Geneva Convention that Luis Suarez and Diego Costa shall never form a strike partnership’.
‘The world of football could not endure sh*t-housery on such a mammoth scale’.
‘In the event that Mr Suarez joins Atletico, then Mr Costa must be sold with immediate effect’.