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banner Thursday, 14 June, 2001, 16:30 GMT 17:30 UK
Recoba facing two-year ban
Alvaro Recoba
Two-year ban would be a big blow for Recoba and Inter
Inter Milan's Uruguayan striker Alvaro Recoba could face a two-year ban from football for playing under a false Italian passport.

Prosecutor for the Italian Football League' disciplinary committee Carlo Porceddu has recommended that Recoba be suspended for two years and Inter be fined 3bn lire (952,000).

Porceddu has also called for Inter's technical director Lele Oriali, club official Rinaldo Ghelfi and Franco Baldini, currently AS Roma sports director, to be suspended for their alleged role in the affair.

A two-year ban would be a massive blow for Recoba and Inter, who have the player signed up for four more seasons.

But the club look as though they will not face a points deduction following recommendations by the prosecutor.

Recoba joined Inter in 1997 from Montevideo club Nacional and was registered as a non-European Union (EU) player because he only had a Uruguayan passport.

The large number of non-EU players at Inter restricted Recoba's opportunities and he was loaned out to Venezia in 1999, after which he obtained an Italian passport.

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