Report: Juve violate UN sanctions

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Serie A champions Juventus have reportedly violated United Nations sanctions following the sale of North Korea forward Han Kwang-song in January.

Having spent the first half of the 2019/20 season on loan with Juve's U23 team, Kwang-song signed a permanent deal with the Bianconeri in January for €3.5 million (R69 million), before being sold to Qatari side Al-Duhail for €5 million (R99 million) just six days later.

Spanish publication Marca has revealed that the transaction has since been cited as a violation of the international sanctions imposed against North Korea, which prohibit its citizens from working abroad due to its ongoing nuclear weapons programme.

Italy and Qatar are both member states of the UN and it is reported that the intergovernmental organisation informed both clubs of the situation surrounding North Korea's political status, which required those citizens working overseas to be deported by December last year.

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The report is silent on whether any recourse can or will be taken against either Juventus or Al-Duhail as a result of the direct violation of these sanctions.

Kwang-song became the first-ever North Korean to play in Serie A when he debuted for Cagliari in 2017, before scoring 11 Serie B goals in 37 appearances on loan at Perugia, prompting his transfer to Juventus the following season.

The 22-year-old has since scored three goals in 12 appearances across all competitions for Al-Duhail and was part of the squad that won the 2019/20 Qatar Stars League title.

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