Le Havre Report Manchester United To FIFA Over Paul Pogba Case

Old Trafford

The champions could be in hot water after the French side lodged a formal complaint to FIFA .

Le Havre president Jean-Pierre Louvel has confirmed that the French club have reported Manchester United to FIFA over their pursuit of teenage starlet Paul Pogba.

The youngster joined the Premier League champions from the Ligue 2 club earlier in the summer and the transfer has now been thrown up in a cloud of controversy.

Following FIFA’s decision to ban Chelsea from making any signings until January 2011 for the manner in which they signed Gael Kakuta from Lens back in 2007, Le Havre have now moved to follow a similar path.

FIFA had previously denied receiving any complaint from Le Havre regarding United’s capture of French youth international Pogba but Louvel has now confirmed that the club have launched a case against the Red Devils.

“The player had a no-hire agreement, and so had to sign his first contract in France,” the Le Havre president 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 Kakuta case, which could justify to those clubs they can’t do anything and they have rules to respect.”

Manchester United insisted on Friday that they would challenge any punishment that may materialise as a result.


~ by footballdirecta on September 5, 2009.

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