The tapping up of young players row rumbles on, Manchester United have been accused by French club Le Havre of offering the parents of 16-year-old Pogba Ã‚Â£170,000 in cash and a house to move to Old Trafford and now a complaint from Italian side Fiorentina about losing 16-year-old Italian defender Michele Fornasier to Old Trafford.
United’s legal team and now manager Sir Alex Ferguson have all come out stating that they behaved correctly with young players and their parents Sir Alex stating there has never been a case, ever, that we have paid parents.
So who is right and who is wrong perhaps football should look at its own rule book after all Sir Alex has had recent cause to feel aggrieved following the lose of his star player to Real Madrid and their dubious methods of buying players.
But then again can the French take the moral high ground have they not trawled Africa for years to sign up the best talent from Senegal, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Congo and Cameroon? Are we sure the clubs did not turn the heads of young players to get them to move to France, or take up French citizenship, via the medium of cold, hard cash?
French can claim the title when it comes to blending players born outside France into their national team.
But the reality is young, French-speaking African footballers given the chance to move to a French club is a dream come true. Their wages will transform their lives and those of their families,
Surely the same surely applies to a young, French player given the chance to move to England – the standard of football is better and so is the money.
It is purely small fish – bigger fish – big fish, why did Kaka, Ronaldo, and Benzema head to Spain and Real Madrid this summer, quite simply money cold hard cash.
South American clubs, Italian clubs, French Clubs English clubs may all moan but until FIFA puts out a rule change then its going to be part of the beautiful game, Then again who says its wrong after all survival of the fittest… isn’t that the ethos of sport.
Talking about fittest Andy Murray slid out of the U.S. Open with a whimper once again hundreds of excuses and quotes like I will come back stronger…. No basically he is just not good enough.