Le Havre carry on Pogba fight as they brand United statement a smokescreen

09 October 2009 11:21
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Le Havre have vowed to carry on the fight with Manchester United over the transfer of 16-year-old Paul Pogba.

United took great delight in announcing on Wednesday night that the deal had been approved by FIFA, but the French club have branded the ruling 'irrelevent' and an 'interim measure'.

It had been claimed that Pogba has been offered inducements to break his contract, which included payments to his parents, which was strenuously denied by United.

The Barclays Premier League club announced, in a statement on their website, that a judge, appointed by FIFA to decide the case, declared that Pogba was not contractually linked to Le Havre and that the champions had broken no rules.

But Le Havre have hit back, saying: 'FIFA have not "validated" the transfer of Paul Pogba but have, as they always do in these situations, issued a provisional international certificate.

'The decision of the international body is therefore a non-event and is normal procedure.'

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  'This procedure has been followed in other cases, such as with (Charles) N'Zogbia or (Gael) Kakuta and today we know the result of each one of these cases.'

FIFA took a hard line in case of Kakuta, banning Chelsea from registering any new transfers until January 2011 after ruling the player had breached his contract with Lens in 2007.

Chelsea are appealing the judgement, which forced them to pay £114,000 compensation, while the 18-year-old was hit with a £680,000 bill.

Le Havre won compensation from Newcastle in 2007 over the transfer of Charles N'Zogbia.

The winger believed he had moved as a free agent to St James' Park in 2004, but after a long dispute that ended up in the Court of Arbitration for Sport, both Newcastle and N'Zogbia were ordered to pay a total of £640,000 to Le Havre.

Le Havre president Jean-Pierre Louvel confirmed the club would push forward with the case to FIFA's Dispute Resolution Chamber, insisting that the approval of the transfer did not prejudice the case.

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