Lucas Paquetá

Hammer Paqueta receives “lifetime ban” call if guilty


Paqueta – a sight we hope to see tonight

Lucas Paqueta has received his most serious warning yet over the betting regularities probe currently being conduced by the Football Association and international authorities.

It is widely expected that he would face an eight month ban from the game if found guilty.

But Jorge Kajuru, senator of the Brazilian state of Goias, addressing the matter (via Diario AS), called for even harsher punishment if he and  Luiz Henrique of Real Betis are proved guilty

He said: “The sentences (for those found guilty) range from a 360-day suspension to a permanent ban from football, which is the punishment that I prefer.

For three players, football is over: Gabriel Tota, Matheus Gomes and Ygor Catatau. Eight others have been sanctioned for periods ranging from 360 to 720 days: Moraes Rodrigues, Paulo Miranda, Mateusinho, Andre Queixo, Paulo Sergio, Fernando Neto, Kevin Lomonaco and Eduardo Bauermann.

“The English and Spanish Federations have opened investigations against them (Paqueta and Henrique). Now we have to wait and see if there will be punishment or not. If they are found guilty, the confederations may request a territorial extension of the sanction and FIFA may extend it worldwide.

Henrique has returned to training with Betis this week, and he is in contention to play against Barcelona this weekend whilst Paqueta looks certain to be involved against City.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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