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Are Manchester United About to be Hit With FIFA Transfer Ban?

by Christian Bailey

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Bad news!

Le Havre president Jean-Pierre Louvel has contacted Fifa about Manchester United’s signing of Paul Pogba.

Chelsea were hit with an 18-month transfer embargo earlier this week following their illegal purchase of Gael Kakuka from Lens in 2007.

Le Havre were quick to praise Fifa for taking such a stance and threatened to report United for the way they approached teenage star Pogba.

World football’s governing body announced on Friday they had yet to receive an official complaint from Le Havre but Louvel claims he has now submitted the case.

The French official hopes Fifa will come down just as hard on United as they did with the Blues.

“The player had a no-hire agreement, and so had to sign his first contract in France,” Louvel told radio station France Info.

“But he didn’t sign it because Manchester United contacted the parents and made astronomical and excessive financial propositions for a 15-year-old boy.

“We have submitted the case to Fifa. The letter to leave has not been agreed by the French Federation, so today Fifa has been referred.

“I hope we will get the same result (as the Gaël Kakuta case), which could justify to those clubs they can’t do anything and they have rules to respect.”

Fifa have yet to confirm receipt of the complaint, while United insisted on Friday they would challenge any case brought against them. (Sky Sports)

This is not good news for us. Hopefully we will not be punished for this deal but now that FIFA have handed out this punishment once they will inevitably have to follow a similar path if they feel a club has acted in an improper fashion.

Thankfully Chelsea’s was not an isolated case and it appears the west London club has committed the same offence on more than one occasion. Whilst it’s all well and good to finally start dealing with clubs who tap up other teams it will be interesting to see if the ban imposed on Chelsea will be legally binding and It wouldn’t surprise me one bit of Roman Abramovich’s side manage to wriggle their way out of their sentence.


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