Le Havre report Manchester Utd to Fifa

Paul Pogba

Jean-Pierre Louvel, the president of French side Le Havre, has contacted Fifa about Manchester United’s signing of teenage star 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 the young Frenchman.

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 fellow Premier League side Chelsea.

“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 GaĆ«l 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.

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