Are the French out to get British clubs or what!
Rennes have confirmed they have reported Manchester City to Fifa over the alleged poaching of French youngster Jeremy Helan.
City boss Mark Hughes snapped up the teenage defender earlier this year after he reportedly opted against seeing out his first professional contract with Rennes.
The Clairefontaine academy player had been wanted by Manchester United in 2008, but the Ligue 1 outfit dug in their heels over his departure.
With The Red Devils out of the picture City moved in, much to the anger of Rennes who insist that his pre-contract agreement tied both him and the club to a contract if he represented France at youth level.
If found guilty of inducing a youngster to break a contract City could well find themselves in hot water with football’s governing body after Chelsea were recently banned from signing new players until January 2011 over their pursuit of Gael Kakuta (Sky Sports)
It seems a host of French clubs are coming out of the woodwork now, looking for punishment for those who nab their teenage stars. I guess a lot will depend on Chelsea‘s appeal against their FIFA ruling, should they be successful in overturning their ban then a precedent will be set making the governing body as toothless as they were before they placed the big penalty.