Uruguayan footballer Luiz Suarez admitted that he knew the contents of the exam in advance, in a video conference testimony to the Italian Perugia Attorney General, which is conducting a ‘fraud investigation’ about the language proficiency exam he entered for citizenship. As part of the “counterfeiting investigation” launched on September 22, the Perugia Prosecutor’s Office of Italy informed Uruguayan football player Luiz Suarez that it was determined that the content of the exam was given in advance in order to pass the language test required in the application for nationality, and announced that the investigation is continuing against the Juventus club officials. In addition to Giuliana Grego, the Rector of Perugia Foreigners University, who conducted the exam for irregularity in the language proficiency exam that Suarez took on September 17, 3 senior officials and lecturers at the university were suspended from their duties for 8 months. Lorenzo Rocca, who was conducting the exam of the Uruguayan footballer, resigned from his post on October 29.
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It was estimated that Suarez, who transferred to the Juventus team in September, applied for citizenship from his wife, who has an Italian passport, in order not to be subject to the 3 foreign borders applied to citizens of countries other than the European Union (EU) in the Italian football league Serie A. Italy requests a B1 level language proficiency certificate from those who apply for citizenship from their spouse status.
On the other hand, Suarez transferred to Spain’s Atletico Madrid team after the language exam investigation.