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If you ask me, this is the exact same thing Chelsea did. Perhaps UEFA ought to ban English clubs in general that seem to do this on a regular basis.
Manchester United insist they have nothing to fear over Le Havre's claims they acted improperly when they signed French teenager Paul Pogba last month.
Le Havre, relegated to the French Second Division at the end of last season, have confirmed they will ask world governing body FIFA to investigate the case of Pogba, who they claim had agreed to join them, only to leave for United.
The case is similar to that of Premier League rivals Chelsea, who on Thursday were banned by FIFA from signing players until January 2011 for improper conduct when they acquired Gael Kakuta from French First Division club Lens in 2007.
A United spokesman told Reuters on Friday: "As far as we are concerned, we have followed acted within the regulations of both UEFA and FIFA in the transfer.
"We have nothing to fear as we have done nothing wrong. We know Le Havre are not very happy with us, but we have acted correctly."
However, Le Havre managing director Alain Belsoeur claims he has evidence proving United offered inducements for 16-year-old Pogba to join them and will include it in submissions to the world's governing body.
"We are still pursuing our case (with FIFA)," he was quoted as saying in The Times.
"It is a very serious case. We are confident that we will win because it is in the best interests not just of our club, but of the sport."
Pogba is one of the most highly-rated young players in France and has captained the under-16 national team, but is yet to have his registration cleared to play for United.
The allegations first arose at the beginning of last month when Le Havre accused United of offering very large sums to Pogba's parents to end his contract with the French club.
Le Havre claim United offered Pogba 3,500 pounds a week from when he turns 17 next March.
Chelsea are to appeal against their ban on signing players for the next two transfer windows after being found guilty of their behaviour in Kakuta's transfer.
Are you not able to click onto the Independant website? Its clearly there in the football section. As Devon has said the 'bridging contract' signed by Pogba ( or more likely his parents) is a non-solicitation agreement covering French clubs, only applicable in France under French Law, and then only midly as its an 'agreement to agree'. Quite different to the contract signed by the Lens lad. However no doubt this will run for sometime and the lad himself is unable to play anywhere as the French FA are not releasing his licence. I would imagine that if its not sorted out quickly , as reported, United will put in a counterclaim to get FIFA to instruct the French to release his licence, or it could go to Brussels as 'constraint of trade'.
I understand the morality of the situation, but Le Havre are just pissed because they wanted money from a bidding war in 12 months time, and it doesn't look like they have a strong case ( as don't the Italian clubs).
ohh dear SPAMBAL! He gets the better of you and you and JIGGLY PUFF go into orgasms about posting proof.....care to back your own MOUTH UP... you know the one,,, Where you said you had the link thatwould PROVE United had CHEATED and had BOUGHT a REFEREE????????
- 1 Reply to Eric Cantona
vito, if united are at fault like chelsea, then we should get the same punishment, but until we learn the facts, its just speculation.
im sure we will hear about other clubs too but im not going to comment on something until the proof is there.
i do think chelseas ban is rather extreme.
and you being a milan fan probably know a thing about scandals so you should watch where you put your dirty washing.
angels with dirty faces.
Good thread Vito...
...but you know manUre will escape punishment, they'll be bunging those brown envelopes out to get this incident brushed under the carpet so that Fergie can continue being a hyprocrite and the manUre fans can continue having a selective memory!
- 2 Replies to Haggis Heed
ANOTHER RIB CRACKING PILE OF S#@T FROM JIGGLY PUFF.
Ahahahahahaha...no stop.......can't take,,,, all this... laughing.....AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...........no stop..........I mean it..........no ....STOP......AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA..........
- 2 Replies to redevildetester
And why should they be punished if they are not guilty of any offence.It is in Le Harves interest to complain because if they can somehow make the complaint stick they may get a few thousands pounds and if they fail they will have lost nothing.
As the player was not under contract to Le Harve United were within their rights to offer the player terms unlike the Chelsea situation where the player had a contract with the French club and chelsea have been found guilty if inducing the player to break that contract..
- 1 Reply to willthered
Will, the article clearly states the following:
"The allegations first arose at the beginning of last month when Le Havre accused United of offering very large sums to Pogba's parents to end his contract with the French club."
Does it not allow you to infer that the player had to have been under contract in the first place to have been in a position to "end" it?