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Comment: City Next For FIFA Ban?

They don't like it up 'em? Rennes have followed Lens example over Chelsea in reporting City to FIFA over the alledged 'inducing' of one of their young players...

I nearly choked on my croissant this morning. Hold the back page, etc. Time to get one thing straight. I've personally watched shedloads of interviews and read countless articles in France these past few years and regardless of Canal Plus' ongoing love affair with the Premier League, it's clear there is a deep rooted jealousy in the French footballing hierarchy of English football's powerful success story.

I can't speak for further afield, but Manchester City's newfound wealth has really upped the anti. Conspiracy theorist's could make much of UEFA President Michel Platini's influence having slated the likes of Chelsea and now City from the off but facts are facts and right now City are directly in the firing line.

The case in question surrounds one Jeremy Helan. A much coveted French teenage defender who alledgedly pulled out of his contract with Rennes in order to join The Blues.

The rags had been pursuing him for a while but could not get the north western French club to budge. In went City's scouts. Rennes were furious and said the kid had a pre-contract agreement tying him to a contract with them should he represent France at youth level and he has done so.

Pierre Dreossi, Rennes Technical Director sees it like this:

'Manchester City must now realise the consequences of their attitude in the Helan case, as it is even more illegal than Kakuta. We have referred this to FIFA. For us, it was strange to have no discussion from City and now, in the week after the FIFA declaration on Chelsea, I would hope that it will be the same thing for Manchester City.

'Kakuta signed up for just a possibility of a full contract. For Helan, there was definitely one there, under the terms of the pre-contract agreement, because he had played for his country. Manchester United said it was not possible to negotiate with us but for City now this is dangerous, though we are not expecting a decision from FIFA for perhaps several years.'

I wouldn't bank on it. FIFA and certainly UEFA have rapidly shifted obstacles before and Sepp Blatter sings from the same song sheet as Platini.

It doesn't matter which strata of wealth you sit upon at your Premier League club today. It's time to rattle through those documents and make sure your house is in order for any deals with French Ligue 1 clubs. Ligue 1 has become something of a feeder league for the English top flight and a lot of the club's presidents do not like that fact and now there is a means to go after it.

All eyes on Eastlands for a statement, but for now I can't get the image out of my mind of a cheering Michel Platini twirling his suit jacket over his head as he runs up and down the corridors of power at UEFA's own headquarters this morning.


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 8 2009

Time: 8:34AM

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I've stayed silent on the Chelsea one but now it's on us... Surely a minor can't sign any kind of pre-contract anyway? A contract that says hey I'm a minor so can't sign a contract till I'm 16 but this contract says I will when I reach it. I mean come on. The first thing the lawyers should do is get the 'pre-contract' nullified by a court because a minor can't sign a contract. Then once that's done appeal any decision.
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08/09/2009 09:47:00

I said that what they have done/doing to Chelsea was waaaay over the top, and is a case of FIFA (and UEFA especially) getting their own back. However, I have been expecting something like this headed for us, ever since the Chelsea verdict, and I also stated that many, many more clubs throughout Europe are going to have to face these charges - most I feel will be just coming from clubs that are attempting to get as much as possible, and because of the initial ruling think they can too, when really they do not have a claim. Let us hope that that is true for any case that may fall on the desks of Man City.
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08/09/2009 10:49:00

I urge khaldoon to recruit the best legal team and prepare a solid case. If everything is above board and correct, we should take action against rennes. I am suprised by this news because city have one of the lowest foreign contigents in the premirship academies. I can assure this wont be the last threat against premiership clubs. I will cast my eyes over arsenal with the amount of african/french kids they have in their accademies. With wenger being french, i expect the "powers that be" to show arsenal leniency. French clubs regulary fund illegal football accademies in african countries, which were once colonised by them - such Ivory Coast, Mali etc. (in Ghana, a city called Acra hosts 500 illegal child football accademies!) Inconjunction with corrupt authority officials, agents, french ligue 1 footaball scouts - illegal accademies provide french teams with vast number a highly skilled african kids. When a bigger fish comes in the pond aswell, suddently the "hunt" is wrong?!?!
enzo city
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08/09/2009 11:05:00

I guess you guys have been expecting this. Of all the City fans I know, you're a pretty pessimistic bunch, like us Chelsea boys most of the time! I can see even more cases coming out of the woodwork aimed at EPL sides. It's amazing that nothing is ever said about how French clubs seem to bring through so many very young African players though???? Maybe that might need a bit of investigating? Oh no, sorry, forgot, they're French clubs so are pretty much expemt! lol
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08/09/2009 11:07:00

Thats another English club.Join the group guys :)
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08/09/2009 11:18:00

We're all screwed pretty much. One obvious solution here is to ban pre-contract agreements, too stop this stupid kind of thing happenning. If they are under the age of 16 they cannot be legally bound to a football related contract. Come on FIFA, take the initiative. Oh wait. Just remembered you hate England.
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08/09/2009 11:30:00

I personally think that there isn't too much to worry about here as the club have said that we were aware that there was already a dispute between the player and Rennes which was already in the French courts.
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08/09/2009 13:04:00

i thought and said chelsea was dealt with very harsh and i stand by that and if we have done the same then i expect us to get the same as chelsea.
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08/09/2009 14:51:00

If they carry on like this then 75% of all the clubs in Europe won't be making any transfers in the next 2 years... all part of 'the plan'.
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08/09/2009 15:13:00

Ouch, fellas. Better get a battery of lawyers soon to sort out this mess. Because it can HURT!
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08/09/2009 16:26:00

I totally agree with bm and confess that amid the UEFA/FIFA hysteria towards the English top flight. I am seriously fearing the worst. Thank Christ if so that Sparky did so much business with mainly players with plen,ty of energy left in them this summer. However, if Rennes are found to be out of order then I hope City's new all powerful legal time absolutely tater them for defamation.
Johnny Baguette
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08/09/2009 17:27:00

what is it with French clubs? Platini disease perhaps!
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08/09/2009 20:23:00

They worship him, merl. The arslikhan knocks me sick, I can tell you.
Johnny Baguette
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08/09/2009 21:41:00

MCFC_Goatboy makes some valid points, and ones that I'd imagine will form the backbone of the Chelsea defence when our trial comes to appeal. Are these pre-contract agreements legally binding, even if they've been signed by an impressionable teenage adolescent?
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09/09/2009 00:12:00


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