Old Trafford side come out fighting.
Manchester United have written to Le Havre to warn the French club they will take action if allegations regarding financial inducements in the signing of Paul Pogba continue.
It has been reported that Ligue 1 outfit Le Havre claim United offered Pogba’s family money and a house in order to tempt the teenager to Old Trafford.
The story has emerged in the wake of Chelsea’s transfer ban from Fifa following the signing of Gael Kakuka from Lens in 2007.
United have, therefore, been angered by suggestions that they have broken rules in the signing of Pogba.
“In response to the wholly unfounded comments widely reported in the media of Le Havre AC President, Jean-Pierre Louvel, Manchester United wish to categorically confirm that as a matter of club policy and in accordance with the applicable football regulations, we do not offer inducements to the parents of players who sign for the club such as monetary payments or the purchase of houses,” said United in a statement.
“Manchester United have today written to Le Havre AC to put it on notice that action will be taken if such allegations are repeated in relation to the transfer of Paul Pogba.
“Manchester United is entirely satisfied that the transfer of Paul Pogba has been conducted in accordance with the regulations set down by the world governing body, Fifa.
“Manchester United is ready to defend any claim brought against it by Le Havre at Fifa.
“It is to be noted that all contractual documentation relating to the player’s registration with the club has already been fully ratified by the Football Association and the Premier League.” (Sky Sports)
Glad to see the club coming out fighting on this one. There has been much conjecture brought on by the slightly unwise comments by the French minnows. Fair enough that they reported us to FIFA, that’s well within their rights, but it’s another thing entirely to make allegations to the press that can’t be backed up in a court of law.
On a positive side I do think that FIFA’s banning of Chelsea, if it sticks after the appeal, is a good thing. Something definitely needed to be done to protect ‘smaller’ European clubs, especially those in countries who’s football associations prevent them from signing players under 18, from having their starlets poached.