The story appears on

Page A13

September 10, 2009

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Sports » Soccer

United talks tough with French club

MANCHESTER United chief executive David Gill warned Le Havre on Tuesday not to insult the English champion in its bitter transfer dispute over 16-year-old Paul Pogba.

The French second-division club has accused United of paying Pogba's parents 100,000 euros (US$145,000) each and buying them a house when it signed the France youth international in July.

"It is an insult by Le Havre to suggest that Manchester United and the employees of Manchester United have paid the players' parents and bought the parents a house," Gill said. "We will not accept the good name of Manchester United being trawled around on Websites and the press to say that we have done these things which we are not allowed to do and we would never do.

"We've done everything, we think, by the book," Gill said after a meeting of the European Club Association (ECA) lobby group.

"We are not intimidating Le Havre. We have no intention of intimidating Le Havre."

Le Havre has not yet officially complained to FIFA, which last week banned United's rival Chelsea from signing players until January 2011.

FIFA's Dispute Resolution Chamber ruled on a complaint by French club Lens that Chelsea induced its teenage midfielder Gael Kakuta to break his contract before joining the London club in 2007. Chelsea is appealing that ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"They can do whatever they feel is appropriate," Gill said of Le Havre's threatened complaint to football's global governing body. "We can defend our case in the football bodies. We are very comfortable doing that."

The Pogba row is currently stalled between FIFA and the English and French associations over paperwork required to complete an international transfer.

The English FA applied to FIFA for the transfer certificate last Friday but the French authority has not issued its approval.

Meanwhile, the ECA said the FIFA panel is too slow in making decisions.

"ECA urges FIFA and UEFA to look immediately into speeding up the decision process of their Dispute Resolution Chambers," ECA said in a statement.

"It is becoming a current practice to use the fact that the judgement is very slow not to respect the commitments towards other clubs.

"This very important topic, which shouldn't be underestimated by the governing bodies, has a major impact on financial discipline and overall how clubs are run."


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend