Bologna Suspend Four Executives After Club Forget To Pick Up New Signing Ibson From Airport

Chris Wright

4th, February 2014

By Chris Wright


Bologna’s owners have today announced that four of the Italian club’s executives have been suspended over the transfer farrago that saw new signing Ibson being left stranded at Rome Airport for several hours.

Having signed from Corinthians after having his contract terminated by mutual consent on Monday, Ibson flew to Italy to join up with Bologna later that day – however, the Serie A side forgot to dispatch their delegation to go and fetch the Brazilian from the airport, leaving him with no idea how to contact the club or where to go in the meantime after touching down in the capital.

Bologna chairman, Albano Guaraldi, has since announced that technical partner Adriano Polenta, general secretary Luca Befani, communication manager Carlo Caliceti and marketing team member Andrea Battacchi have all been suspended, pending an internal investigation into the balls-up.

Apparently the Ibson incident also occurred on the eve of a board meeting at which Bologna’s top brass were to meet and discuss the club’s performance in the January transfer window.

Gold stickers all round!

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